Men in ShedsMen in Sheds scheme in Cheshire
What does it do?
Here at Age UK Cheshire, we believe that every man needs a shed.
Social isolation is one of society’s most pertinent issues and for those who are single or widowed and particularly men who have retired or been made redundant this is a real problem.
Men are one of the hardest groups for healthcare services to reach, as many are reluctant users of traditional services such as GP’s and even pharmacies, and tend not to respond well to mainstream health awareness campaigns, often only going to visit their GP when 'nagged 'by their wives.
Men in Sheds is a project started by Age UK Cheshire in the autumn of 2008. It is based on an Australian project called Mens Sheds, which has expanded greatly over the last few years with around 1000 sheds now open. The idea spread to Ireland where over 200 sheds are now open and the project has even been credited with lowering their suicide figures.
Men in Sheds
Age UK Cheshire's Men in Sheds project currently has 4 sheds open in Northwich, Ellesmere Port, Crewe & Chester.
The ‘sheds’ are a euphemism for a club and is actually an industrial unit where men can meet to undertake a variety of activities such as woodworking, metalworking, art and computers - almost like a youth club for the over 50’s!
Who it is for?
Where it is available?
How to access or apply for it:
Hartford - Unit 15, Hartford Business Park, 314 Chester Road, Hartford CW8 2AB. T: 01606 301897
Crewe - Unit 16, Brierley Business Park, Mirion Street, Crewe, CW1 2AZ. T: 01270 748645
Chester - Unit 63, Evans Easyspace, Minerva Avenue, Chester. T: 01244 389358
Ellesmere Port - Unit 25, Junction 8 Business Park, Rossfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 3AS. T: 0151 3572098
The sheds are open from Monday - Thursday 10am-4pm, with the exception of the Chester Shed, which is open from Tuesday - Friday, 10am-4pm.