Shedload of spare time to help older people?

1 Jul 2013 Roisin Kelly    Last updated: 24 Jun 2014

Men’s Sheds are a place for men to meet and discuss issues, share skills and explore new interests, with the aim of promoting their own health and development and putting something back into the community.

Whether you are interested in volunteering or becoming a member (shedder), Men’s Sheds could be what you have been looking for.

What are Men’s Sheds?

Men’s Sheds are a place for men to meet and discuss issues, share skills and explore new interests, with the aim of promoting their own health and development and putting something back into the community. It is a larger version of the typical man’s garden shed.

In the Shed, men can have a laugh while working on practical activities of their choice. It’s a place for members to be themselves, work at their own pace, where members support each other and build friendships.

What activities are carried out in the Men’s Shed?

Shed activities include Horticulture, Joinery & Woodwork, Arts & Crafts, IT, Men’s Health groups and Healthy Cooking. If Shedders have a particular skill they would like to share, they are more than welcome to do so. The Shed can also be a place for the men to come and sit for a while, have a cup of tea and a chat or even play a game of darts.

Who can join?

  • Men aged 60 years and over
  • Membership is free
  • No referral required

Members of Men’s Sheds (Shedders) can come from all walks of life – the bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and they would like something meaningful to do with their time.

What do Shedders say about their experiences in the Shed?

“This is the first time I can honestly say I am enjoying my retirement.”

“Something to look forward to – get a wash and shave and get out of the house.”

AMH have established Men’s Shed projects in Downpatrick, Enniskillen and Antrim

For more information you can contact Eoin McAnuff Project Co-ordinator on 02894425356  or visit the Men’s Shed website: http://www.amh.org.uk/services/mensshed/

Men’s Shed Downpatrick- AMH, Ballydugan Industrial Estate, Downpatrick, BT30 8HG
Men’s Shed Fermanagh- AMH, Drumcoo, Enniskillen, BT74 4FY
Men’s Shed Steeple Antrim- AMH, 4a Steeple Road Antrim, BT41 1AF

If you would like to find out if there is a Men’s Shed near you, visit

http://www.menssheds.ie/find-a-shed/

AMH in partnership with Age NI, Volunteer Now and the SEHSCT.

             

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by Roisin Kelly

Skills Development Coordinator

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