This is place for men to meet, chat, have a cuppa with like-minded people while gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. Shedders share skills to work on individual and group projects. It has been proven that membership contributes considerably to members’ physical health and mental wellbeing.
The Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such 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.
They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction.
A place of leisure where men come together to work. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too!
The health benefits to members has been researched and proven worldwide. The BBC says “For some men, retirement is a long-awaited chance to travel the world, hit the golf course, or take up a new hobby. For others, after decades in work, it can be a time of loneliness and isolation but across Scotland, a new movement is helping growing numbers of men improve their health and their mood. Men’s Sheds have been set up across the country to enable men to come together to pursue practical interests like wood-turning and metalwork.”
Age Scotland says “ Visiting a Men’s Shed in full flow, listening to the shedders’ speaking about their Shed and hearing about it’s place in their lives, you can’t fail to recognise the positive impact that Sheds are having”. Age Scotland conducted a Health and Well-being Survey to identify benefits of being involved in a Men’s Shed – 94% of men had made good friends, 76% said their physical health had improved, 79% said their mental health had improved, 91% said they are doing things they enjoy, 84% had gained a sense of achievement.