The Men’s Shed
We have just kicked off a project called the Men’s Shed - a place where men can come together, make things, fix things and talk.
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.
Eight men got together down at Poole Farm in Plymouth to be introduced to our scheme. The group were given an introduction of what to expect over the coming weeks and then got straight to work on some woodwork projects.
PCH’s Andy Lamerton, Nick Boyes and Lee Trigg were on hand to provide guidance on the woodwork projects using off cuts from work PCH has carried out in the last few months that usually would have been disposed of. As well as recycling these off cuts the men started work on making tables, bird boxes and planters to be given to their local community.
Leigh Ferguson who helped to set up the Men’s Shed said: “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.
“One of the guys is concentrating on making planters for Ernesettle SPACE centre where we do a lot of community work which will help the people who use the centre.”
Andy Lamerton, Repairs Supervisor for PCH said: “The first day of the project was a complete success. All the guys in attendance embraced the event and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The general feedback seemed really positive and my operatives are really looking forward to day two.”
The Men’s Shed is a national charity that operates across the UK. To date there are:
- 432 Sheds
- 118 Sheds in development
- An average of 6 new Sheds opening each month
- An estimated 10,448 Shed members across the UK
There are still several spaces available to get involved in the Men’s Shed. If you are interested then please email us or call us on 0808 230 6500.