Whether it be a cuppa and a chat, or a hobbyist working on a project shoulder to shoulder with other members, we wish to eradicate the stigma around social isolation and improve mental well-being.
Whilst many can potter around in their own sheds, workshops and gardens, doing this alone contributes to the social isolation that can be very damaging to somebody's mental health. We are keen to aid people from all areas of life, young and old to become socially active and join our members in projects whether that be making something for family or to help out in the community, either independently or as part of a group.
No experience is needed as we have members that are willing to share their own knowledge with the group.
This new shed and groundworks has been kindly donated by Crane Garden Buildings and is now nearly complete, the external shell is up and the internals are being completed currently. This new shed will become our meeting place for members to have a cuppa and a chat. It is also planned to equip the shed with some more artistic endeavours.
To enable us to offer something other than the current woodworking themed activities, we have recently formed a model club, this will be for all types of model maker and all are welcome to offer their input. There will be designated sessions for the modelers where they can come down and use our facilities for the making/painting of models and to chat to like minded members.
Tesco Blue Token Scheme
Tesco have included us in the current blue token scheme, when shopping in Tesco Swaffham, please collect blue tokens at the tills (including self-check out) and drop them in our compartment. The organisation with the most tokens at the end of March will be awarded £1500 of grant funding.
Breckland County Council, Our Lottery
Please sign up to the Breckland 'Our Lottery' and add Swaffham Mens Shed as your cause, it costs £1 per week and you could win up to £25000. 50 pence of every pound you spend goes to the shed and the other 50 pence goes to other local projects.
For a long time research has shown the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing. Recently we have seen more evidence come to light that shows loneliness and isolation can be as hazardous to our health as obesity and excessive smoking. Surveys from mental health charities are finding that millions of people report feeling lonely on a daily basis.
Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, and unlike women of a similar age, less older men have networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and personal worries. It is not the case for all men, but for some, when retirement comes, it can feel like personal identity and purpose is lost. Men’s Sheds can change all of that.
Sheds are about meeting like-minded people and having someone to share your worries with. They are about having fun, sharing skills and knowledge with like-minded people and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. As a by-product of all of that they reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness, they allow men to deal with mental health challenges more easily and remain independent, they rebuild communities and in many cases, they save men’s lives.
We would like to extend our gracious thanks for their fantastic support