Men’s Sheds in Wales
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Men's Sheds Cymru
A National Lottery Community Fund project. We help to develop new groups and support existing Men's Sheds across 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
Great to see how Treorchy Men’s Shed is making a difference. A case study about the group has been published by Interlink who work in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area, supporting individuals and the community.
The study appeared in Interlink’s Community Link Winter Newsletter, page 14, which can be found at http://www.interlinkrct.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/the-community-link-winter-2016.pdf
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
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.