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Shedworking was delighted to hear from John Evoy at the Adult and Community Education Service in Co. John says that the Irish Men's Shed Forum aims to promote these concepts and will act as an information hub to support the fledgling Men's Shed movement in Ireland. Wednesday posts are sponsored by The Garden Room Company®, the UK's premier supplier of garden offices and garden rooms.
Anonymous8:08 PMHello I am inspired to see these mensheds and I am looking into the posibility of applying for funding for a similar project in my area. The Men's Sheds movement is definitely taking off in the UK and so it seems fitting that Uncle Wilco at Shedblog should bag the first major interview with AGE UK about their role in helping to get the shedwagon rolling. When you visit a day centre or a lunch club, you can see that often women outnumber men by about five to one.
On top of that, we know from research that men are reluctant to access healthcare or take up benefits and support that they are entitled to. Armagh Men’s Shed are to raffle a large Wendy House as part of their fundraising drive in support of the Macmillan organisation this year.
The members of the Men’s Shed took part in a joinery course organised by the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and Southern Regional College. Armagh Men’s Shed is a safe welcoming place where older men can learn a new skill or pass on their own important skills or just come down and have a cup of tea and listen to the craic. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Some time ago a survey was conducted across the Men’s Sheds of the Central Coast to find out what members felt were the greatest needs in the sheds.

One of its primary tasks has been to make contact with the many organisations and individuals around the Central Coast who have experience and responsibilities in specific areas of interest to the sheds. Potential speakers have been interviewed in order to understand more fully where their expertise and interests lie and to assess the relevance of their subjects to the requirements of the sheds. Wexford that, inspired by the fabulously sucessful Australian Men's Sheds Association(pictured above), the Irish Mens Shed's Forum will be launched at a conference in Co.
Men do not seem to want to engage with groups that, for many people, provide valuable social contact and activities.
So when we learned about the success of Men’s Sheds in Australia we set out to find funding to try some ideas ourselves to meet the specific needs of lonely and socially isolated older men. Under the expert guidance of tutors Gareth Mone and Darren Little the men all qualified in a CCEA Occupational Studies course Joinery 1 and 2 and decided to build the Wendy House as their way of giving something back to the community. We are funded by the National Lottery as part of the Connecting Older People Programme and our main emphasis is on the health and wellbeing of older men.
The visit and his exploration of the phenomenon throughout the country resulted in the series 'Men's Sheds.' 'Each shed becomes an extreme focal point of human individuality in what could be described as the barren wasteland of rural Australia,' White explains.
Over 70% of those who responded felt that there was a need for speakers to be made available to visit the sheds and to share their expertise on a range of subjects relevant to the needs of individual sheds and individuals within those sheds.
This includes those involved in men’s health, community activities, relevant legal issues, accounting practices and workplace safety. Wherever possible, information has been gathered about the background and expertise of the individuals who would actually visit the sheds and present the talks. Speakers will be added, the information updated and new editions distributed on a regular basis.

Wexford on October 1 by Minister for State Sean Connick and Professor Barry Golding from the University of Ballarat in Australia.
We hope that this marvellous news will encourage the establishment of similar projects in other countries and will be reporting back on the launch in October. All programmes are organised by the men themselves and some of the upcoming programmes include Art Classes, Computers for Beginners, Woodturning and Digital Photography. In addition there are those who can bring some amusing and entertaining talks and demonstrations which can inject some light relief into the everyday lives of shed members. The aim has been to introduce a somewhat more personal touch to the decision making process.
Those of you who have been following our stories on this remarkable organisation will know that it aims to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for men to meet and socialise, often working on projects in the company of other men and at their own pace. In fact the course was so successful that DSD are running another one in September and if you want to take part please contact 00 447763 818 393 for further information. Our latest project is a Men’s choir and our first gig is to play for the President Michael D O Higgins at the Irish Men’s Sheds National Conference in October. There is even a group who will send us a band of singers to serenade us over our morning tea.

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