What is a Men’s Shed?
Men’s Sheds are similar to garden sheds. They are places to pursue practical interests, practice skills and enjoy making things and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.
Many don’t have premises at all in the beginning and instead form a group that meets regularly for the social connection, company and camaraderie until they can find somewhere to kit out with tools. Sheds get involved in community projects and building things for schools, libraries and individuals in need.
The essence of a Shed is not a building, but the connections and relationships between its members.
Why are they needed?
For a long time research has shown the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing. Surveys from mental health charities are finding that millions of people report feeling lonely on a daily basis.
Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, and unlike women of a similar age, less older men have networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and personal worries. When retirement comes, it can feel like personal identity and purpose is lost.
Sheds are about meeting like-minded people and having someone to share your worries with. They are about having fun. As a by-product of all of that they reduce isolation, loneliness, and they allow men to deal with mental health challenges more easily.
The Shed is Open to men from all backgrounds and all ages.
Everone is welcome in the Shed.
When we are up and Running with our own shed we will have: Computing Classses, Cooking Classes, workshop for Hobbies. But most importantly, there will be a big kettle and seating area to chat and make new friendships and sort out the world.
Who can use the Shed?
Anyone living in the Elgin District Area who is over the age of 18.
How much does it cost?
Membership is free.
Must you be retired and a Tradesman?
Its open to men from all walks of life, a place to make new friends, work on projects and hobbies, learn new skills and support each other.
What are the Aims of the Shed?
We aim to provide a meeting place with a sitting area for coffee and communicating, a workshop and hobby room to pass on skills, a kitchen to encourage cooking. These activities will benefit the wellbeing and health of the men in the community.
We meet every Tuesday and Thursday, between 10.00 and 4.00pm at
17a Perimeter Road, Elgin, IV30 6AF.
For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gordon on 07528 898559