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Men’s Shed tour comes to end of road

Published Friday, 16 March 2018

mobile men’s shed at the John Wright Sports Centre in East Kilbride

An innovative programme tackling isolation and loneliness in older men has come to the end of its three-week promotional tour.

In a Scottish first, and thanks to £117,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, the ‘mobile men’s shed’ has been travelling through communities providing a taster of a programme to help reduce feelings of loss, isolation and loneliness amongst older men.

It’s hoped that through this, new static men’s shed groups will be established in communities across South Lanarkshire.

Councillor Gladys Miller, the chair of the council's Finance and Corporate Resources Committee, stopped off to visit the refurbished mobile library when it pulled in to the John Wright Sports Centre in East Kilbride.

She said: “The Men’s Shed model has shown itself to be really successful so far at engaging with those who might traditionally be seen as hard to reach.

“Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can meet in an atmosphere of friendship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a chat and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.

“As the first council in the country to launch our shed on wheels, we are excited at the prospect of using it to support communities to buy into the ethos and establish their own static sheds that will be there for local men long after the mobile shed has gone.”

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 the local community.”

For more information about the project please email seniorstogether@southlanarkshire.gov.uk