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Men's Shed going mobile

Published Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Men's Shed

National Lottery funding success for Men's Shed in South Lanarkshire.

After proving a hit at venues in Hamilton, East Kilbride and Rutherglen, Men’s Shed is set to go mobile after winning more than £117,000 of National Lottery funding.

The Men’s Shed movement involves establishing meeting places for older men where they can get together to share hobbies, learn new skills, make friends and get information from. Originating in Australia it has become a global phenomenon.

In South Lanarkshire, Seniors Together has taken a lead role in supporting the development of the three existing Men’s Shed groups and now has been successful in securing a three year Big Lottery Fund grant of £117,181 to support a “Mobile Men’s Shed” programme.

The shed on wheels will travel across South Lanarkshire delivering a programme designed to help to reduce feelings of loss, isolation and loneliness amongst older men in urban and rural communities by establishing new men’s shed groups.

The Men’s Shed model has proved particularly successful at engaging with individuals who might traditionally be seen as hard to reach or not engaging with existing services.

South Lanarkshire’s Mobile Shed will have a special focus on Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Hamilton, Blantyre, East Kilbride and Strathaven which will then cover Stonehouse and surrounding rural areas.

Over the three years it is expected that 2,250 older people will participate and 60 volunteers will assist with the delivery.

Helen Biggins, Chairperson of Seniors Together said ‘we are absolutely delighted about this National Lottery award from the Big Lottery Fund and can’t wait to get started.  I would like to thank all the men in South Lanarkshire who took part in surveys, focus groups and questionnaires which all helped us make this successful bid.’.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that South Lanarkshire Seniors Together has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish the Mobile Men’s Shed every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”