Men’s Sheds – a success in Wales

When the team was put in place at the beginning of December 2014 the task of communicating the concept of Men’s Sheds across Wales and ensuring there were at least 25 operating Men’s Sheds in less than 3 years was challenging.

The initial project period comes to an end in August 2017 but we should be able to stay on for a few months more. The success has been that we no longer have to explain the concept of Men’s Sheds. It is now well known amongst people and organisations wherever we go. The bigger success is that there are 35 Men’s Sheds across Wales and 4 Women’s groups we know of in Porth, Colwyn Bay, Tonypandy and Rhyl. You can see a full list of Men’s Sheds here

However, more than the numbers, the success has been that Men’s Sheds are seen as a practical way to encourage friendship, companionship and lifelong learning. This is what men have said from our surveys:

Are you up for the Coracle Challenge?

Richard White of Ferryside Men’s Shed bravely took up a challenge of a coracle race from Frome Men’s Shed. This took place in July as part of the Carmarthen River Festival. Only good news and Richard shook off the challenge from the outsiders.

Could we make this into a bigger event with many more “sheds” in Wales and beyond competing? If we could help you build your coracle, keep you afloat and navigate in a race would you join in? We could arrange a race venue next year but we need some numbers to make this work. If you are interested contact Simon, Mark or Fred from the Project Team.

Awards for All Wales

The Big Lottery Fund has announced recently that the maximum grant payable under the Awards for All scheme has doubled to £10,000. The application process has also been simplified. Remember to go to the Awards for All Wales website for more information and to download the new application form.
Men’s Sheds across Wales have been successful in funding their projects this way. Some have not applied as they thought it was necessary to be a Charity. This is not the case. If you need help designing your project and completing the application contact the Men’s Sheds Team.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Men’s Sheds Cymru have been working with Public Health Wales “Screening for life” during September to ensure men aged 65 and over are aware of AAA and how screening can give an early warning of possible problems. We have delivered and posted information packs to Men’s Sheds across Wales.

Our work culminated in a Facebook Live interview when Rhodri Walters, Project Manager for Men’s Sheds Cymru interviewed professionals at Public Health Wales to ask questions about AAA, what to look out for and what can be done to prevent this life threatening condition. You can watch the full video here
If your Men’s Shed would like more information or a talk on the subject, contact us and we can make arrangements with Public Health Wales for you.

A boat on a lake – National Botanic Garden of Wales

We are tying to find out what kind of boat is in the painting. Can you tell us? Could you build a scale model of it or even a full size replica?

Lakes are being restored by The National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire. The painting depicts the boat used on the lakes and they would like to re-create it.
If this is a project you would like to be part of, let us know.

#shedfest Ogmore Life Centre 2nd September 2017

In the spirit of Summer, having fun and promoting the activities of Men’s Sheds Cymru, ShedQuarters are teaming up with other sheds from across the borough in order to bring the people of the Ogmore Valley their first ever #ShedFest that promises to be a fun community day for the whole family.

Treorchy Men’s Shed & Cwm Taf Local Health Board

Treorchy Men’s Shed is working with Cwm Taf Local Health Board to develop a “Gardening on Prescription” model.

Patients identified by their GP who could benefit from this therapeutic but practical and inclusive model of support will work together with Treorchy Men’s Shed. Planting flower and shrub beds on hospital sites will be the locations for the initial project. In time not only will patients benefit but between them they will create a better environment for hospitals involved in the project.

Treorchy Men’s Shed is looking for a Volunteer gardener for their weekly YGT Hospital Grow Rhondda project. All out of pocket expenses can be paid.
If you are interested please download an application pack.

Volunteer Gardener application pack

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco operate a community help scheme – Bags of Help, funded through the in store 5p carrier bag charge.

Applications are invited from constituted community groups. If your Men’s Shed has a project that needs some cash help have a look at their website for more details.
Click here for details about the scheme