Sospan Shedders – Llanelli Men’s Shed

Llanelli Men’s Shed is up and running. They meet every Friday from 10 am till 2 pm at 1a Derwent street, Llanelli. SA15 3ES

New members welcome. Just call in or contact Martin Yeo on 07570460219 email:

Job Advert – Regional Development Officer

The Men’s Sheds Cymru project team has advertised the role of Regional Development Officer. This is a full time post on a fixed term contract which will end on 31st December 2020.
This post is needed to help the team develop and support new Men’s Sheds in the Valleys and South East region of Wales. There are some 35 Men’s Sheds in Wales and the project team aims to help create a further 50 groups.
If you have the skills and abilities to help us achieve our task, have a look at our advert here
Closing date for applications is noon 16th February 2018.

Pembrokeshire’s Feel Good Outdoors Grant


Expressions of Interest are being sought for a £1200 grant, which will support project(s) linking mental health with outdoor activity in Pembrokeshire. This money was kindly donated by members of the public in support of Jo-Anne Jones, Pembrokeshire resident and outdoors enthusiast, competing in the Ironman Wales 2017 competition. Jo and West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH) are now working together, with the support of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA), to find the perfect project(s) to fund.


We are looking to support the development of outdoor based activities to promote positive mental health across Pembrokeshire.
We want to help people take part in outdoor activities, possibly who may not usually do so.
We want to help promote the benefits of outdoor activity and give people the tools to manage and improve their mental health.
We want to help people to manage low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

If you feel that you have a project that meets this brief we would like to hear from you.


Proposals can be submitted by groups, individuals, voluntary and statutory agencies. Proposals must take account of local need, gaps in current provisions, and be innovative in their approach.

Proposals can be submitted in different formats, using the EOI form or by producing a short film about the project idea.
Proposals can be to help people of all ages.
Projects which help people take part in outdoor activities, and which build the self-confidence and self-esteem of young women are particularly encouraged.
The total amount available is £1200 and this funding may be given to one project or several, at the discretion of the grant
The grant panel comprises Jo-Anne Jones, project sponsor; Angie Darlington from West Wales Action for Mental Health; and Hannah Buck, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. The decision of the grant panel is final.
The grant panel is asking for Expressions of Interest to be returned by Thursday 29th March 2018.
The grant panel will then select a number of projects to present to them to decide which idea/s to support.
WWAMH are able to provide project development support to any projects allocated funding from this grant.

For more information and an Expression of Interest Form please contact: Angie Darlington, West Wales Action for Mental Health on 01267 245572 or

Expressions of Interest or films should be submitted by Thursday 29th March 2018 to West Wales Action for Mental Health by e-mail or post:
The Mount, 18 Queen Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1JT

Projects that the panel wishes to consider further will be asked to attend a panel meeting in April 2018.

A message from Nicki – Leader of The Woman’s Shed in Porth

Events at Shed is a new branch of Shed Net (Men’s & Women’s Shed)

During my time spent with the Women’s Shed it came to my attention that there are many people who are not getting out and about, so I am introducing Events at Shed so we can have events and everyone can enjoy a nice time out.

We will be hosting events throughout the year: we started with a Market last month which was very successful followed by a dinner at the Greenfield pub that turned out to be a hit will all who attended!

Although The Shed’s (Men’s & Women’s) have been introduced for people over the age of 50: Events at Shed will be open to all regardless of age our main focus is to get people out and about and enjoying life!

We will be having activities above the Shed Net Café in Hanna Street Porth

Our bigger events will be held in The Old TABS building, off The Parade in Porth – CF39 9TB

Some of the events we will be offering include:
Arts Class, Crafting Cabin, Sewing Classes, Painting, Doll making, Music, Remember the Year and much more.
Robyn & Nicki will be providing these

Events Shed is going to be having a variety of events and days out.
Events next year will include:
Valentine Dance, Spring Carnival & Market, Summer Festival, Easter Parade, days out for Fish and Chips at Barry Island and lots more….
These events will be welcome people from other areas so we can all get together.

Our last 2 events this year will be:
• Family Karaoke & Carnival on Friday 10th November
• Our Grand Christmas Shopping Market on the 24th November

If you would like to be added to my mailing list please get in touch:
• 07501349773

I look forward to working with you and being a joy in everyone’s life!


Ferryside Men’s Shed receive Rotary Club award

We were pleased to learn that the work of Ferryside Men’s Shed has been recognised by the Rotary Club in Carmarthenshire for their work in their community. Congratulations to Carmarthenshire’s longest running Men’s Shed.

Amman Valley Men’s Shed moving to Brynamman

Time for a change.

Amman Valley Men’s Shed who have been based at the Glanamman Community Centre in Glanamman have decided to move to larger premises in Brynamman. The move should take place over the next few weeks and we will publish full details of address and opening times as soon as everything has been setup.

Age Cymru AGM 27th October 2017

Age Cymru is the largest charity working for older people in Wales. Help older people avoid poverty, isolation, neglect and age discrimination

Age Cymru with support from Men’s Sheds Cymru has developed a new Men’s Shed in Caernarfon. This group is supported by a part time worker provided by Age Cymru and judging from their Facebook pictures very active. We know they are keen to participate with other North Wales groups and have taken an interest in the many groups now appearing on Anglesey.

Simon Poole our Advocate working in North Wales will give a presentation to the Age Cymru AGM about the joint working that has led to the new ‘shed’ and how we can foster an ongoing relationship to ensure Men’s Sheds are available and supported where they are needed.

The AGM is at 10:15 on 27th October 2017 at Caernarfon Football Club, The Oval, Marcus Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2HT

Could you tackle a Three Peaks Challenge in memory of James Caveney?

Martin Margerison of the Veterans Shed, Conwy, is looking for veterans and others to get involved in a charity event next year.


James served for twelve years in the Royal Corps of Transport and died in 2016 aged 56 of long term alcohol problems. He was an inspiration in the formation of the shed and an active fund raiser to local charities and veterans organizations. James family have asked if it is possible that we, the shed take his ashes to all three peaks as that was part of his bucket list, we have provisionally said yes.

The shed has helped charities and provided assistance to the communities since February 2016 and more importantly allowed like minded people support each other by accessing help and meeting to discuss problems and how to deal with them, to the most part quite successfully.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, often within 24 hours.

General outline for the challenge.
Whilst most of this administration letter is cut and pasted the overall administration is specific to the James Caveney and Veterans Shed Wales (JC&VS WALES) to raise a minimum of £3000 towards the veterans shed and charities (cancer research/Dewi Sant Hospice and MS society) supporting veterans Crest Co-operative and Mens Shed to take place in JUNE 2018.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, often within 24 hours.
This will be clarified by the end of 2017 as to numbers, times, people and as weather allow.
There is a 6 man team nominated by Mark “Merlin” Northfield who will do the official challenge as laid down. There will also be members of the veterans shed and their families who may wish to also do the peaks without affecting the nominated team.
The veterans will organize and run the “base/admin” camps for the nominated team.
There will be two administration teams and a support team from the veterans.
A detailed letter will follow this with detailed service support to the challenge.
Support team will operate from Wales and monitor the progress of the challengers.

CHALLENGERS. A team of 6, nominated by Mark will attempt to complete the 3 peaks challenge in a time (tbc)

ADMIN 1. Will be located at Ben Nevis to conduct and support the challengers, they will then move to Snowdon to team up with the support team

ADMIN 2. Will be located at Scarfell Pike to receive the challengers and support their admin, they will move to Snowdon with the challenge team.

SUPPORT TEAM. Will be located at Snowdon and will set up the admin camp ready to receive the challengers and admin teams.
At this point families and friends are welcome to participate in climbing Snowdon without impeding the challengers and help in the post BBQ at that location.

Registration provides guidance on organizing a safe and responsible challenge, as well as recording your challenge online, and promoting any fundraising. Certificates of completion are included.
Registration costs £6 per person, and is available online at

DRESS: As service or ex service personnel we should have our own standards of what to wear and to carry, this can be organized by the challengers, however the list below each heading is advisory for those who wish to make the ascent; under no circumstance will other people take priority over the challengers.
Kit to wear
Walking boots (mandatory, not trail shoes or trainers)
Walking socks (wearing a single pair recommended, rather than using a liner sock)
Walking trousers (lightweight trousers, not jeans or tracksuit trousers)
Sports top (not cotton)
Windproof jacket
Optional: Thermals

To carry with you
Maps Ben Nevis, OS Explorer 392 map
While Scafell Pike OS Explorer OL 6 map (South Western Lakes) .
Snowdon OL 17 OS Explorer Map .
Bergan day sack
Compass/ GPS
Hill snacks
Gloves (+ spares)
Hat (covering ears + spare)
Mobile phone (with emergency numbers)
1 to 1 radios
Spare socks
Blister plasters
Head torch
Marker panels
At the administration sites:
The sites and or accommodation TBC
Tents (numbers TBC) these will be dependent on weather and times of ascent/decent and or location, Snowdon admin will set up for challengers and admin, families will organize their own, this may include people in the admin teams!
Gazebo and wind breaks (for washing)
Sleeping bags / blanket
Cooking equipment
Food and water (challengers to have any specific food)
Washing facilities bowls soap towels
Mobile phones (with emergency numbers)
Spare equipment
First aid kit
Sunglasses & suncream
Head torch
Emergency shelter
Survival blanket
Recommended: walking poles
Food (main supplies, carry some snacks)
Changes of clothes
4 litres of water per person
Light shoes / sandals

It is proposed that a minibus will take the challengers followed with a car (breakdown).
The vets will organise their own transport to carry equipment.
Normal first parade of vehicles should be implemented; it may be pertinent to take a heavy duty jack for mini bus.
Two dedicated drivers, who won’t be walking with you, are really important to ensure your safety when travelling between the mountains.

Ben Nevis is the most popular start point, but you can choose either.
The postcode for the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre car park is PH33 6ST.
Parking here is £3 for cars, and £10 for minibuses and coaches.
Scarfell Pike: car park postcode Wasdale Head is CA20 1EX.

Snowdon: follow either the Pyg Track or Miners Track, leaving from the Pen-y-Pass car park, on the A4086. The postcode for the Pen y Pass car park at Snowdon is LL55 4NY — parking here costs £10 all day, or £4 for 4 hours.

Fuel, food and expenses: can all receipts be kept and submitted to the vets co-ordinator at the end and we will discuss payments.
A sheet of ALL participants will follow containing Name, DOB, NOK, vehicles type make VRN AND OTHER DETAILED INFORMATION.

The start will be confirmed by the challengers as “D” day.
D -1 will be the set up of Ben Nevis site and Scafell Pike
D will be the start of the challenge (TBC yet normal for the team to finish the Nevis decent by last light so as to travel to Scafell and start first light and onto Snowdon with the said 24 hours.
The Snowdon admin team will set up on this day.
Other participants will do the pre recce and ascent decent before the challengers so as not to interfere with the task in hand.

Further detailed information will follow onto interested parties.

Marty Margerison
Veterans shed Wales (Conwy)

15th November 2017 North Wales Men’s Sheds Update Meeting

All Men’s Sheds across Wales are welcome to attend Simon Poole’s update meeting. Simon will give information on the latest events, achievements and directions Men’s Sheds have taken over the last year.

Malcolm Worth, Chair of Colwyn Bay and Joint Chair of Men’s Sheds Cymru Association will be there to give the up to date news on the Association and it’s status as a Co-Operative.

The meeting will be held at Cartrefi Conwy’s HQ Morfa Gele, North Wales Business Park, Cae Eithin, Abergele LL22 8LJ, Wednesday 15th November 2017, for those of you who attended last year, it’s the same place. From about 10am till 1pm-ish

If you have anything specific you would like mentioned or discussed please contact Simon on 07736 295238 or email