Men in Sheds
Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland is excited to announce that its Rutland Men in Sheds project has moved to new premises. Men in Sheds was established in Oakham in 2016 in order to support local older men to remain socially active. There is a growing recognition that loneliness and social isolation can be major contributors to poor health and that older men in particular can become isolated once they finish work. Men in Sheds is an internationally popular and successful idea that brings older men together in a workshop environment, so that they can support each other, feel productive and in many cases, contribute back to the local community.
Rutland County Council supported the project to get off the ground by providing a grant from the Better Care Fund. This enabled the project to employ a Co-ordinator. Rutland County Council also provided the project with a room at the Rutland County Museum so that men could meet up twice a week. The project soon outgrew the room at the museum and once again with the support of Rutland County Council, the project has moved to a larger premises at Oakham Enterprise Park.
Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland is planning to expand the project so that it can accommodate many more local older men across the week and also plans to launch a regular weekly Women in Sheds session in early 2019. The success of this expansion will very much depend on the support of local volunteers. Whilst the project has a part-time paid Co-ordinator, the available resources are being used to secure a much needed larger premises. The project will only thrive if volunteers come forward to support its development. The key to success is co-production, where members share their time and skills, are involved in shaping what goes on at the shed and are involved in helping to generate income to keep the project going.
Tony Donovan - Executive Director of Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland said:
“We are delighted that with the support of Rutland County Council, the Men in Sheds project will grow and prosper. We have seen that there is a real need to provide a space for older men to come together and based upon the success of our Men in Sheds project in Loughborough, we anticipate that once we move to the new premises, many more local older men and women will want to take part in the project.”
If you are interested in supporting the project as a volunteer or would like to know more about becoming a member, please contact:
07540 413 805