Introducing Malcolm Worth, our new interim Joint Chair for Men’s Sheds Cymru Association
My name is Malcolm Worth and I have been a member of Colwyn Bay Men’s Shed since the inaugural meeting on Friday 16 May 2014 and have held the post of secretary since then. Previous to that I had spent 22 years in the Royal Air Force maintaining aircraft electronic equipment and 20 years working for BAE Systems in Lancashire until taking voluntary redundancy and moving to Colwyn Bay in 2011 at the age of 60.
I believe passionately in the ethos of men’s sheds and the last 2 years have shown me that the strength of our Welsh Sheds is our diversity and we should not stifle that by having a proscriptive association laying down rules and procedures that we must follow. My view is that it should be informative and helpful giving examples of procedures and processes that can be used as templates that sheds can amend to account for their own particular circumstances. The Association should be able to speak for sheds in Wales so that nationwide discounts and sponsorships could be arranged, they should speak up for older men by lobbying the Welsh Assembly for assistance in premises and perhaps in the future, funding (it has happened in Australia so why not here). Any shed that is struggling should be able to ask the association and be put in touch with the nearest shed with the knowledge to help (for instance, some sheds are good at applying for grant funding and others less so). I believe that a shed is a place where men go willingly to do things that they enjoy and to work alongside other men. By doing so, almost as a bi-product, mental and physical health improve.