Men’s Shed receive generous donation from Baileys Partnership

Members of our Men’s Shed are planning to buy new tools thanks to a donation from a community-minded contractor.

The Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests. The Men’s Shed is about helping men who might be feeling either isolated or need a project to get stuck into. It gives the men involved an opportunity to meet others, share their skills with the rest of the group and to help their community.

The men here have been working hard to turn a once forgotten community hall into a place they can call their own.  The last few weeks have been spent clearing Leigham Community Hall so it can be used to store timber and other useful items they need to create their fantastic woodwork projects.

Mike Fisher of Bailey’s Partnership came down to Leigham Community Hall to present the cheque. Mike said: “We’ve worked closely with PCH for a number of years and as part of our corporate responsibility objectives we like to give back some sort of social value to the community. When we heard about the Men’s Shed we thought this was a great project that we wanted to be part of and donate to – this way they can spend the money on the tools they need.”

Alice Potter, Communities Team Manager said: “This project has really taken off from their humble beginnings and now we’ve received this generous donation from Baileys.  The members are really looking forward to planning what they spend and making sure they’ve got everything they need to continue creating some of the brilliant woodwork projects that are coming out of these sessions.”

Paul Lake has been attending the Men’s Shed sessions from the very beginning and has found that he remembered some of the skills he learned at school and started to put them to use.

Paul has already created some superb projects for the people in his community: “The first thing I made was a workbench so that I could continue to make things at home – then my friend suggested that I make things for people in the neighbourhood. I’ve already made a bench for someone to sit in their garden and several bird boxes.

“I love the time that I spend at Men’s Shed, it’s great fun and has given me a new lease of life.”