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:


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:



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

Kidwelly Men’s Shed

The men at Kidwelly have signed a lease for their building and are now ready to set about creating their workshop. More details of their activities on their Facebook page. The Men’s Shed are based at the Kidwelly Community Hub.



Great news for Hirwuan. A new Men’s Shed is due to open in the YMCA. Further information on the group will follow soon.

Hand Tools

Dave King at the Dusty Shed in Cardiff has a lot of duplicate tools. Contact Dave on for more information.