A ‘Man’s shed’ has always been a place of escape, a safe haven, a place to think, make things, and mend things, but this has usually been an individual pursuit.
With a recent Age UK survey showing more than one million people aged over 65 are often or always lonely, and two-fifths saying that their main form of company is the television, the growth of the ‘Men’s Shed’ can only be a good thing. But what is a ‘Men’s Shed’?
A Men’s Shed provides a communal place of skills sharing, informal learning, of individual pursuits & community projects, of purpose, achievement & social interaction. Men’s Sheds are social groups that are self-governed, have their own constitution, their own income and their own meeting place. How each shed looks and the activities that take place in them depend entirely on the skills and interests of the group. Shedders are gardeners, artists, collectors, story-tellers, amateur radio enthusiasts, train spotters, model makers…..Anyone is welcome and any interest, skill or project is given equal consideration – especially if it could attract new members or gain valuable income to support the development of the group.
The newly formed Tidworth & Ludgershall Men’s Shed for example, have just taken on their first community project and are using their skills to help outdoor therapy charity http://www.god-unlimited.org/ to build a new wildlife hide. What better way to spend the summer?
There are now 8 Wiltshire Men’s Sheds in Wiltshire; Tidworth & Ludgershall, Melksham, Westbury, Corsham, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Royal Wootton Bassett & Swindon. You can find contact details for each of the sheds on the national Men’s Shed page http://menssheds.org.uk/, so why not ditch the television for company and pop into a shed in your area, or come to the Wiltshire Shed’s networking day on 28th September to find out more.