Popular Age UK Notts hobby workshop aims to bring together local men
Age UK Notts and Gedling Borough Council are thrilled to announce that a new Men in Sheds workshop will be officially launching on the 12th of March between 12 noon and 2pm at the Stores Building, Jubilee House Compound, Nottingham Road, Daybrook, Nottingham NG5 6LU. Men in Sheds is an innovative project that supports older men who want to get together to share and learn new wood-working skills and subsequently form friendships. Initially, workshops will run every Monday and Tuesday, and will cost £1.50 per session.
The new Daybrook Shed follows three successful predecessors Nottingham, Blidworth and Worksop. Age UK Notts provides a workshop with appropriate tools and equipment, a co-ordinator, and trained volunteers to ensure the ‘shed’ is a safe, friendly and inclusive space for men to enjoy. Shed members are very much involved in the development of the shed and choose the activities they want to participate in and what products should be made to sell or take home. Shed members come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from highly skilled joiners and wood turners to beginners; there is a role in the shed for everyone. Basically, the shed is a place for skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects; a place of leisure where men come together to have a sense of purpose and social interaction.
Nicky Wheddon, Project Manager of Men in Sheds at Age UK Notts, said “I’m so delighted to be opening another shed. There are plenty of different schemes for people in later life, but they often appeal mainly to women and men can feel left out. A project like this engages men in later life and offers the chance to share their skills and make new friends – or just have a cup of tea and a chat.”
Gedling Borough Council are providing the workshop rent free, a contribution towards the running cost and are supporting the project through the Mayor’s fundraising activities. The Mayor, Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth said,
“I’m absolutely delighted to be officially opening the first Men in Sheds workshop in the borough. We’ve been working on this project and raising money with Age UK for a very long time and it’s great to finally open the doors. It is so important that we all work together to tackle loneliness and isolation in older men. The Men in Sheds project does exactly that.”
Men in Sheds aims to address social isolation and provides an opportunity for men in later life to get involved in productive activity, all whilst enjoying the benefits and banter of a social group. For further information about the Daybrook Shed or to book a place, please call Age UK Notts Coordinator, Adie Harkin on 0787 283 9570.