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Men in Sheds Project - (current project)

18th September 2018

The development of Sheds is supported by Humber and Wolds Rural Action in conjunction with other bodies across East Yorkshire anf North and North East Lincolnshire.

To establish Men’s Sheds in line with the national Men’s Sheds movement we will develop and work with local people and partners.

A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing, at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

It is a place of leisure where men come together, to work on projects. This could be making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but may include metalworking (milling, sheet metal, welding, etc.) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration often feature strongly. (National Men’s Shed definition)

Men’s Sheds are for men over 18, living in a community and surrounding areas, who are experiencing social isolation, physical illness, disability, mental health issues or loneliness.

The Sheds will be led by the men who attend them, supported by HWRA, other organisations plus a network of volunteers, mentors, organisations and businesses. The “Shedders” will identify the types of activities they are most interested in and develop and grow around these themes.

The project aims to become “Shedder led” and sustainable through its own activities. This could include providing services (painting and decorating, gardening, maintenance, bicycle, scooter, car repairing, etc.) and selling products (upcycling unwanted items, wooden, metal, slate, cement, glass, rope products created etc.).

If you would like to find out more about the Men in Sheds projects in the East Riding of Yorkshire, become a “Shedder”, or know someone who would benefit from the Shed experience, volunteer, contribute a skill, tool or piece of equipment, offer potential premises for the Shed or would like to get involved in any way please contact us or come to one of our information events taking place across the East Riding of Yorkshire. (see the Training and Events section of the website.)

There are also Men in Sheds in Winterton and Grimsby.

For more information contact Carole Johnson on 01652 637700 or email carole.johnson@hwrcc.org.uk

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