Brendan Somers Mayor of Aberystwyth – new Men’s Shed

Doc1Brendan Somers the current Mayor of Aberystwyth has the aim of creating a new Men’s Shed in Aberystwyth and more in the district if there is a demand. Men in Borth, further along the coast have already shown interest. Brendan will be putting out flyers around the town and will hold an open meeting as soon as a small core of “shedders” has been formed. If you are interested contact Brendan on 07473 740892 email: somers.brendan@yahoo.co.uk or let us have your details.

Mayor, Brendan Somers

 

 

BBC Radio Wales 18 Jan 2017

Hoping to have a chance to talk on the Wynne Evans show about the progress made by the Men’s Sheds Cymru project and the difference to individuals who are now regular ‘shed’ members. If it does not happen on 18th January 2017, hope to be invited to another slot in the near future. Listen in if you get a chance. We should be talking at about 11:30 am

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Paul Smith of the National Botanic Garden of Wales has made contact to find out how the Garden and Men’s Sheds could work together.

Men’s Sheds have the opportunity to hold events at the Garden take up education, science or find out how to cultivate.

If you have any ideas to promote contact Men’s Sheds or paul.smith@gardenofwales.org.uk

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The Den, Cardiff easing isolation & loneliness in Wales

The BBC featured the The Den Men’s Shed in Cardiff as an example of a “shed” setting out to tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation in their community.

Good article except that we have 30 Men’s Sheds in Wales, not 20. The Men’s Shed movement in Wales has grown rapidly and even on our first day back in the office we have learnt of two more groups about to open their doors.

The BBC article can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38269693?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_wales_news&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=Wales 

Mike Wright, one of the co-founders of The Den in Rhiwbina

Alzheimer’s Society – Dementia in Rural Wales

The Alzheimer’s Society has highlighted that Wales has a more rural population than Scotland and England. Wales’ older population is growing faster in rural areas than urban areas. Men’s Sheds has experienced that access to rural communities has been difficult and it is hard to engage those who live isolated locations. It is recognised that engagement slows down the onset of dementia and that developing new Men’s Sheds groups in rural areas will have significant benefits to individuals.

The Alzheimer’s report is available at:   https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=3341

 

Kidwelly Men’s Shed 19 December 2016

Good to meet with Jon Hobden & Simon Hooper at the Kidwelly Men’s Shed. Good progress in agreeing a lease at a peppercorn rent for use of part of the community centre. The building needs a great deal of work to make it a secure comfortable workshop but Simon is full of ideas. Even better news is that Kidwelly has some 15 members with good skills to take the project to reality.

Interesting to listen to Jon & Simon’s views on how their project has developed, what have been the obstacles and how the Men’s Sheds Cymru project team can work in the future.

Next step is to apply for funding which can proceed as soon as the bank account is sorted.  

Celebrating Communities 15th December 2016

The Squirrel’s Nest Men’s Shed & Men’s Sheds Cymru attended the Celebrating Communities event organised by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

Contacts have been made with the Dementia Friendly Communities Co-Ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society in Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire as well as arts4wellbeing based in Llandysul. We will follow up on both these contacts for joint working and their understanding of remote and rural communities.

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Centre for Ageing Better Evidence Briefing

The Big Lottery funded Centre for Ageing Better has produced a report on the benefits of making a contribution to your contribution in later life.

The report suggests that the benefits are greater for older people with fewer personal and social resources, lower educational attainment and fair health. Those who stand to reap more benefit are not the people currently most likely to contribute.

The report is available at:  https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/news/people-likely-benefit-volunteering-least-likely-get-involved/

 

 

Co Op & British Red Cross

“Trapped in a bubble” is a report investigating the triggers of loneliness in the UK. Pleased to see that Men’s Sheds are considered a method of “restorative support” to help individuals reconnect with their community.

The full report can be found at http://www.redcross.org.uk/~/media/BritishRedCross/Documents/What%20we%20do/UK%20services/Co_Op_Trapped_in_a_bubble_report_AW.pdf