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Mobile men’s shed back on the road

Published Thursday, 14 June 2018

Councillor Jim McGuigan and Chair of Seniors Together, Helen Biggins, at a recent open day for the shed

Our unique mobile men’s shed is back on the road – stopping first in the village of Stonehouse.

The big lottery fund-backed ‘shed on wheels’ will be at Stonehouse Lifestyles Centre each Monday and Tuesday for up to 12 weeks.

‘Men’s shed’ provides opportunities for older people to socialise, build confidence and get involved in workshop activities as part of a project designed to reduce feelings of loss, isolation and loneliness.

The hope is that potential new members will come along, find out more about the concept, how to get involved, and eventually be supported to start their own static shed in their local area.

Councillor Jim McGuigan, the council’s Spokesperson for Older People, explained: “Stonehouse, with its semi-rural status, is the ideal first location for the Shed to visit as it gives us the opportunity to engage with those who otherwise would have to travel at least half an hour to their nearest similar project.

“Participants will truly get a feel for what a Men’s Shed is, as we will be based there for up to 12 weeks, and as the project starts to become a success, our aim is to work with the members to try and develop a permanent ‘Shed’ in the area.

“Our initial tour earlier this year was a huge success and almost everyone who came along could really see the benefit for themselves or someone they know.

“We really hope that we can connect with as many individuals and community groups as possible during our time in Stonehouse, allowing us to work together to establish this vital link for older men in the area.”

The Mobile Men’s shed is open from 10am-2:30pm each Monday and Tuesday at Stonehouse Lifestyles. For more information on the shed, contact Seniors Together on 01698 454105 or email: seniorstogether@southlanarkshire.gov.uk