'Men in Sheds' group to be launched in Collingham
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The male equivalent of the Women’s Institute is being set up in and will be called Collingham Men in Sheds.
The scheme will be open to men who need something practical and constructive to do, in a “friendly, supportive and welcoming environment” in one shed.
John Leigh, Chair of Collingham Village Care, is organising the group and said: “We are establishing a ‘Men in Sheds’ facility, to address the needs of local men, some of whom find themselves lonely and/or socially isolated for a variety of reasons – retirement, redundancy, bereavement etc.
“This isolation can lead to health problems, physical or mental, and yet it is proven that the practical focus and camaraderie available from within a shed, can address these issues most positively.
“We shall welcome men of all ages with the focus being on those needing or just looking to enjoy social interaction and friendship, combined with a real sense of purpose and achievement.”
The members will help to build the workbenches and will decorate the shed themselves once the initial plumbing and electrics have been professionally installed.
Ideal premises of circa 50sq.m have been identified already within Collingham, close to the rail station and they have been offered free rent for up to 3 years with just bills to pay.
The premises are owned by Jerome Wright, the Managing Director of Gusto Construction Ltd., a local business based in Collingham.
They have applied for funding from Notts County Council Local Improvement Scheme and The Collingham Village Care Committee have indicated a willingness to support them initially with meeting costs, room hire and so on.
Funding, membership fees and what activities the group will do in the shed will be discussed at a general meeting on Tuesday August 13.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can contact John Leigh by email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the general meeting at Youth and Community Centre on Low Street, Collingham.