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.
We are pleased to announce that our planning application for the erection of a new shed in the rugby club grounds has been approved. This new shed and groundworks has been kindly donated by Crane Garden Buildings, and will start works in October with the aim for completion in November. 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.
We held our AGM on the fifth of October, there was a report from the Secretary, followed by a Treasurers report, we then moved on to elections and we are happy to announce our committee as follows
Chairperson - Fred Grange
Secretary - Norman Smith
Treasurer - James Allen
Committee - Colin Yorke, Neil Chapman, Dave Braithwaite & Colin Houghton
We then finished on any other business, where a few questions were raised and responded to.
It was a good evening with members having the chance to meet people that are not always at the same sessions.
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