Age Scotland has presented Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed with its Member Group of the Year national award.
The presentation took place during the national charity for older people's online awards ceremony on 9th November, with secretary, Douglas Knox, accepting the trophy on behalf of the North East shedders.
The thriving Stonehaven and District Men's Shed was described as 'truly outstanding' for the work it does with older men to tackle loneliness, increase social participation and the role it plays in supporting the charity Legs4Africa by creating prosthetic limbs for amputees.
Before lockdown, around 60 members spend time at the beach side men's shed on a regular basis. But despite having to close the building in March, the shedders have kept busy, helping out at the Stonehaven Farmers' Market and staying in touch by Skype, telephone and post.
Accepting the award today, Bill Allan, chairman of the Stonehaven and District Men's Shed, said:
"Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed is delighted to be the recipient of the award for Member Group of the Year for 2020 from Age Scotland.
"It also reflects the ambition of the community in Stonehaven as the aim of the shed is to enhance the physical and mental health of older people in the community by encouraging social interaction through shared activities.
"We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous encouragement and funding we received in the early days of our project from Age Scotland as this helped us to demonstrate that we could raise match funding towards major grant sources. The advice from Age Scotland’s Community Officer was also invaluable."
Age Scotland's Member Group of the Year award is generously sponsored by Sky Cares, who said:
“We’re extremely proud to partner with Age Scotland and support this year’s Member Group of the Year award.
"Every day, there are individuals in communities across Scotland going above and beyond to make a positive difference to the lives of older people.
"Sponsoring this category is a small way to say thank you to those helping to tackle loneliness not just in their communities, but on a much wider scale.”
Brian Sloan, Age Scotland's chief executive, said:
"It gives me great pleasure to present our Member Group of the Year award to the Stonehaven and District Men's Shed.
"This is a truly outstanding group whose work to combat loneliness, build strong social and community connections and support Legs4Africa by making prosthetic limbs for amputees in Africa makes them very worthy winners indeed.
"While lockdown has put an end to activities at the shed, the men have made sure they stay in touch with each other and with their local community.
"I hope it's not too long before members can meet again in person and I look forward to hearing about what they do next."