World Mental Health Day

An open invitation to attend the World Mental Health Day event at Abercwmboi RFC on the 9th October 10am – 3pm.

World Mental Health Day is a global annual event aimed at raising awareness of mental health and addressing associated stigma.

This day will provide an opportunity for individuals and members of the local community to engage with providers of services, as well as giving the chance to local organisations and partners to showcase the quality and quantity of services available within Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil. There are also a number of nice activities planned for people to enjoy and its set to be a fun event with a free buffet, holistic therapies and craft.

High Sheriff of Dyfed awards Men’s Sheds

It never made our website at the time but we’re delighted to share news of an award Men’s Sheds Cymru received in April 2017 from the High Sheriff of Dyfed. Every year this honorary distinction is placed upon individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to charity and voluntary work within the community. It was wonderful to see the warmth with which Sheds were regarded by the hundreds of people who attended the event. Diolch yn fawr iawn!

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