Projects start to take shape in the Men’s Shed

The Men’s Shed met for the second time last week and some of the projects are really starting to come together with the new skills that are being learnt.

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 PCH Men’s Shed offers this to a group of men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects and to socialise in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

We caught up with some of the members to see how their projects were coming along. James Hill was one of the first to sign up and said:” It’s been brilliant and we’re only on our second session, I am hoping that this continues and we get enough members together to find somewhere permanent that we can meet as a group and carry this on and somewhere we can continue to work.”

Ryan Huws, Communities Worker for PCH said: “From the first session the guys got on really well and it was clear to see that they all enjoyed it – even though the first half an hour was a health and safety talk! The ideas for the projects have all been thought up by the members themselves and its great to see everyone so enthusiastic - they’ve really taken ownership of the Shed and the work they’ve taken on.”

Delroy has been present at both sessions and is working on his project. He said: “I decided to make a table that I can use in my home, it’s coming along nicely. I am learning the woodwork skills from the other people here and I’m hoping that in the future I can put these skills to good use and create little pieces for friends and family.”

Keith Farley was making a bird box for his garden in Ernesettle: “I want to thank Emma, our Housing with Support Officer for our area – she told me about the Men’s Shed and encouraged me to go. I’ve really enjoyed it and had a great time. I can’t wait to get started on some other projects.”

PCH carpenters Nick Boyes and Lee Trigg were in attendance to provide guidance on the woodwork projects using offcuts from work PCh carried out over the last few months which would usually have been disposed of.

Ryan Huws goes on to explain more about the project: “The Shed is about helping men who might be feeling either isolated or need a project to get stuck into. It gives the men an opportunity to meet others, share their skills with the rest of the group and to help their community.

“It gives those involved something to look forward to, a sense of purpose and a network of friends that they can socialise with. We’ve been lucky enough to be allowed access to Plymouth City Council’s Poole Farm for the project and we hope it’s a partnership we can continue once the pilot stage has finished and we look towards the next steps for the Men’s Shed.”