A new project is currently under development in Beverley to help prevent isolation and loneliness in adult males.
Men in Sheds is an international movement to help encourage social involvement, undertaking hobbies and activities and getting out of the house.
The shed used is a larger version of a typical garden shed and is offered to a group of men where tools and resources can be shared to work on projects of their own preference and at their own pace in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.
It is a place of leisure where men can work on projects; this could be making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) and 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.
The development of the shed is supported by Humber and Wolds Rural Action (HWRA) working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts Development team and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s social prescribing services.
The project is funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Public Health team.
Men in Sheds Beverley is for men over 18 living in the town and surrounding areas who are experiencing social isolation, physical illness, disability, mental health issues or loneliness.
The Shed will be led by the men who attend it, supported by HWRA, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and 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 and car repairing, etc.) and selling products (upcycling unwanted items such as wood, metal, slate, cement, glass and 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.
There are also Sheds under development in Market Weighton, Pocklington and Goole, and established sheds in Bridlington and Withernsea.
Upcoming shed sessions:
Thursday, 25 October from 1.30-3pm at East Riding Leisure Beverley, Flemingate, Beverley, HU17 0LT.
Wednesday, 31 October from 10.30am-12noon at Cherry Tree Centre, 117 Cherry Tree Lane, Beverley, HU17 0AY.
For more information contact Carole Johnson, Men in Sheds Co-ordinator, Humber and Wolds Rural Action (HWRA). Call (01652) 637700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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