Not your average shed!

Last week we profiled Craigmillar Community Grows, one of our exciting community development projects funded through the CG 100.  This week it’s the turn of our Men in Sheds project to have its moment in the sun – or more likely in the snow, given the current weather!

The Men in Sheds movement was borne in Australia in the 1990’s, to promote social interaction and reduce feelings of isolation and depression amongst older men. Based on the original ‘garden shed’ where men worked on practical tasks the idea has spread widely with hundreds of projects now flourishing throughout the UK as well as further afield in the US, Canada, Finland and Greece.

Our Men in Sheds project provides an informal meeting place where men can come together to work on small projects, meet new people, make friends or just have a reason to get out of the house.  The shed operates on the ethos of ‘we value you for who you are, not what you do or have done’.   Everyone has skills that can be shared with others, even if they’re not aware of them – as some men coming along have found.

Unlike traditional Men in Sheds projects our project is aimed at men over 40 rather than older men.  Feedback from our other work in Craigmillar told us men in this age group would benefit most.

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting time for Craigmillar Men in Sheds. We’re delighted that the project is about to move to a new home at Forth Sector at Duddingston which will open up a whole range of new possibilities for the men who go along and along with a new worker who will provide a new perspective, there’s so much to look forward to!

Men in Sheds, like all our community development projects, is only made possible thanks to grants and donations.  Help us raise £5,000 by Christmas to reach our £50,000 total and help our community development projects to support more people in 2018.


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