Funding gives men a sense of belonging

Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Men’s Shed offers a workshop and social space, based on the UK Men’s Shed model. BOShed, to use the abbreviated name, provides a base for local men and women, known affectionately as ‘shedders’, to connect with others, while participating in both group and individual projects.

In January 2018 BOSHed received one of the first grants from the HPC Community Fund and the group was awarded £4,780 towards the costs of expanding its project. 

With the funding in place the shedders were able to install decking and incorporate bespoke disabled access to their portacabin, which annexed their existing premises. This enabled BOShed to increase its facilities and meant all members had access to a quiet area where they were able to pursue interests such as model making and model railway layouts or simply have a cup of tea and a chat.

Without funding from the HPC Community Fund grant, the project to extend the premises may not have been possible, and because access to the portacabin was a real problem to some of the shedders, the facilities on offer to many of the members would have been greatly reduced. The grant also enabled a panel cutting jig to be purchased for those who enjoy woodworking. These additions have helped create a social and fun environment, helping to increase the men’s confidence, self-worth and sense of wellbeing.

One member of BOShed said that following his retirement he had started to feel isolated and his self esteem had taken a knock. Having joined the Shed he now has a group of like-minded mates around him that make him feel a real part of a team. He looks forward to his regular visits to the Shed – not only does it keep him active it also gives him a real sense of belonging.

To learn more about the Men’s Shed movement and to find your nearest Shed, click here.    

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