Men in Sheds are a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The shed provides social connections and friendship building, sharing of skills and knowledge and of course a lot of laughter.
Sheds offer what members (who are called Shedder's) want them to be, so each shed is bespoke in its offer of activities.
The activities normally include woodworking, repairing and restoring and a place to socially interact usually over a cuppa. Tools tinkering and tea is often a strap line used to describe what happens in the shed.
The shed works on the asset-based community development model drawing on the skills of 'Shedders'' that they bring with them from their life and work experience.
Whilst we term the building from which they operate a shed it is a former community centre in Anlaby that has closed.
We are seeking funding for Phase 1 of project to convert the building to a shed. Phase 1 includes the following:
-To convert one of the existing rooms within the building to a workshop that members can use to undertake woodworking & making and mending activities.
- To bring the Building up to date in relation to new fire regulations and COVID 19 measurers
- To create a 'garden' space at the back of building which members can use to sit and socialise in the summer months
The building in its current state cannot facilitate all the activities that Shedder's have indicated they want to pursue, hence our application for funding.
Men in Sheds projects identified the need through running a series of information events to establish how many people are interested in getting involved.
In Haltemprice four events took place in Cottingham, Hessle, North Ferriby and Anlaby (all within the Haltemprice locality in the East Riding of Yorkshire).42 people attend.
All interested parties then came together to discuss next steps.
National research shows that Loneliness and isolation has a negative impact on a person’s health and well-being. Surveys from mental health charities found that millions of people report feeling lonely on a daily basis especially men who often find it more difficult to build social connections than women, Unlike women older men tend to have less networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and personal worries . For some men when they retire like their personal identity and purpose is lost. The by-product of sheds are that they reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness ( combating social isolation) as well as help people to gain a renewed sense of purpose and belonging through having a place to meet likeminded people, having fun, sharing skills and knowledge. The funding will enable the group to:
-Improve the premises so they can facilitate the activities Shedders have expressed an interest in undertaking. Phase 1 will create a workshop which will provide a place to undertake woodworking activities which many Shedders expressed interest in. This will increase the capacity of the group to attract new members and help the group engage with more people from the locality as this improves the range of activities available to get involved with as currently the premises only provides a social setting . The funding will enable the group to:.
-Develop a garden area at the premises that Shedders can use as currently this is just overgrown and unusable
We realise that we have not submitted all our policies but these will be in place before we formally open.
Reg Number: 06455490 | Charity Number: 1125856