Ken joined the Men’s Shed project in Paisley in marking their first birthday on Monday 31st October.
The Men’s Shed are a group of men from across Renfrewshire who get together to support each other, share skills and develop new and exciting projects for the community. The men come from all walks of life, many have had a journey and some may be facing a difficult and stressful time at the present. Supported by Shelter Scotland, this project enables the men to achieve a sense of purpose as well as giving them somewhere to be themselves and feel safe while doing so.
Over the past year, the group have set up a wood workshop where they’ve tried their hands at making bird feeders, wheel barrows and even grandfather clocks, organised a walking a club for themselves and members of the local community, and even managed to find time to grow a variety of vegetables at their allotment in the West End Growing Grounds.
When the men meet on a Monday afternoon, they decide together what they would like to do. They share their skills and offer each other support. If anyone does not want to take part in the activities they can simply take a seat and enjoy a cuppa, take part in a game of pool or just mingle.
Ken said: “I was delighted to join Men’s Shed in celebrating their first birthday.
Projects like this are not only beneficial in giving the men an opportunity to share their skills and experience with one another but are also an important tool in helping us to overcome social isolation in our communities.
It was obvious as soon as I walked in the door what a welcoming group the guys are and they, along with Janice MacNamara and her volunteers from Shelter Scotland, deserve huge credit for making this project such a success.”
You can find out more about the Men’s Shed project by contacting Janice MacNamara on 0344 515 1885.