The’ Men’s Shed’ movement sprung up as a way to engage men in purposeful activity, particularly after retirement, as well as providing a more informal setting to think about health and well-being. Members use the shed as a place to enjoy the company of others while giving something positive back to the community.
The Isle of Wight Men in Sheds Project is setting up various ‘Sheds’ around the Isle of Wight, where men can work together on projects, hobbies and sharing skills.
Lois Prior, Men in Sheds Coordinator for Age UK IW, has been looking at creative ways to develop sheds throughout the Island community.
“The Men in Sheds concept is recognised worldwide as a way to enhance the health and wellbeing of men, especially those who have retired. I have been talking to various groups to find out what sort of Men’s Shed they would like to be part of.”
So far there are Sheds in:
The Ventnor Shed, supported by both Ventnor Town Council and The Age Friendly Island programme, meets twice a week at the Ventnor Central (former Youth Club) off Market Street car park. The shed is an eclectic mix of activities and members, from upcyclers, wood crafts to 3D printing, it has a variety of activities to keep most people occupied for an hour or two (and lots and lots of tea.)
This shed is open every Tuesday 10am - 12 noon, and every Wednesday 6pm - 8pm.
The Newport Garden has now been built and is currently in the ‘fitting out’ phase. This is an exciting space in the middle of Newport, where you will be able to undertake various ‘shed-like’ activities, as well as growing, learning to cook and eat cake!
All new members are most welcome to attend. We meet every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm at Age UK IW’s offices at 147 High Street, Newport, PO30 1TY (next to County Hall).
The Blokes, Biscuit and Banter group is now meeting at The Chalet in Rhylstone Gardens (at the end of Popham Road) every Monday 1-4pm. Please get in touch (Call Lois on 525282) if you wish to visit this Shed as we need to let the on-site team know to expect you.
Freshwater Bloke’s Biscuit & Banter Group
This goup meets every week to plan our new Shed for this area, as well as putting the world to rights. It is hoped to find a premises in the Freshwater area early 2017. In the mean time this shed has become an organisational member of the West Wight Time Bank, with the aim to work on community projects as a team.
The Freshwater Bloke’s Biscuit & Banter Group meets every Thursday afternoon 2-4pm in the Café at West Wight Sports Centre, Moa Place. There’s no need to pre-book, just come along.
Acoustic Music Shed
If you would rather learn a riff than how to put together a bird box, then this could be the Shed for you. A group of musicians of all abilities meets every Wednesday 6-8pm evening at The First Floor, Chain Lane, Newport PO30 5QA. Bring an instrument, bring some tabs.
For more information follow us on Facebook or take a look at our website (see below). Cost for this Shed is £2 per week (includes a free hot drink)
Would you like to join a Shed?
Please contact Lois on: (01983) 525282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the Men in Sheds movement on the Island can be found on the website: www.iowsheds.weebly.com or on Twitter: @IOWShedMen.
The Men in Sheds Project is part of the Age Friendly Island partnership funded by the National Lottery through the BIG Lottery fund. The aspiration of the 5-year project is to make the Isle of Wight a truly great place to grow old, while also tackling social isolation.
The partnership includes organisations committed to building an Island that values, respects, and actively supports older people, with the voice of older residents at the heart. Encouraging older adults to take a more active role in their communities, and enabling their voices to be heard by services and organisations across the Island.
For more information on the Age Friendly Island programme please contact us on (01983) 525282, email: email@example.com or visit: www.agefriendlyisland.org.