Men’s Shed@Wilton is a community project aimed at promoting men’s health and well being through social interaction and practical activities. Men working together in a safe and friendly environment on individual or community projects. Each shed is different and reflects the interests of those using it but the emphasis is on social contact with friends coupled with practical activities of various kinds.
Research shows that life after employment can be difficult and men often feel they’ve lost their sense of purpose and place in the world. They can miss the routine and camaraderie between colleagues that often comes with working life. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation which can be dangerous for their health and wellbeing. Men’s Sheds can help improve life by providing a place where men can meet friends and participate in useful activities.
However age isn’t the only factor in loneliness and isolation, we hope to encourage younger members to join and learn and pass on skills.
Where is the Shed?
The Shed will be based in the Enterprise Hub on the Wilton Hill development opposite Wilton Park and Ride on The Avenue, Wilton. The workshop is due to open May 2019, however we are currently in talks to secure a temporary workshop so we can get started – watch this space!
Who is the Shed aimed at?
- men over the age of 18 are welcome
- People looking to make new friends
- Experienced handymen & tradesmen
- Unskilled men looking to learn
The benefits of Men’s Shed @ Wilton
The benefits of joining us will vary with the individual but the following list should give you some idea:
What goes on at meetings?
The main focus of activity is whatever the ‘shedders’ or members want to do. This may sound like an overly simple statement but if you look at the activities of Men’s Shed elsewhere you will see that the range of activities is very wide.
What does it cost to join?
There will be a membership fee but we want to be as inclusive as possible. No one will be excluded because they cannot pay a membership fee but there is a need to cover costs. The amount will be decided following the first meeting in September.
How about a Shed for Women?
I have received several requests asking ‘What about women?!’ There are many Men’s Sheds in the UK with female members, but most Men’s Sheds exist for the benefits they bring to men’s health and wellbeing, it’s really down to each individual Shed. Our aim is to facilitate Men’s sessions and then share the workshop space with other groups – a place for fixers, makers, doers and breakers!
So what next?
If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org