Victoria Park has big ambitions to be a vibrant accessible space for local people to engage, be active and connect. Older men are especially at risk of isolation as they retire or become widowed but can thrive when given the space, activity and opportunity for social interaction.
This is why the Men in Sheds movement was born, has been so successful and has spread around the world.
“Men’s Sheds are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. They’re community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun. Sheds are whatever the members (or Shedders as we call them) want them to be.” (Men’s Sheds https://menssheds.org.uk/ )
So if you’re interested and feel you’d like to release your inner shed, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook for more details, and have fun building, fixing and creating for yourself or the local community. Let us know what your interests are, whether its woodworking, upcycling, making, mending…
Our Chair of Trustees, Shelly was asked to work with Ronseal and the Men in Shed Association to promote ‘Shedding.’ They created this video and donated £1,000.00 to get the group started!