Supporting the Havering community to rebuild and prosper coming out of the Coronavirus crisis.
We will in, association with the Men's shed association establish a 'Mens Shed' Men’s Sheds are similar to garden sheds, they a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. The space will be used to deliver similar goals in other craft areas such as knitting, weaving and sewing.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
For a long time research has shown the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing. Recently we have seen more evidence come to light that shows loneliness and isolation can be as hazardous to our health as obesity and excessive smoking. Surveys from mental health charities are finding that millions of people report feeling lonely on a daily basis. Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, and unlike women of a similar age, less older men have networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and personal worries. It is not the case for all men, but for some, when retirement comes, it can feel like personal identity and purpose is lost. Men’s Sheds can change all of that. Sheds are about meeting like-minded people and having someone to share your worries with. They are about having fun, sharing skills and knowledge with like-minded people and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging.
Steps to get it done:
The space will be established as an official Mens Shed but will also be used to provide opportunities for everyone, regardless of disability and gender, to take part in creative activities.
About the space
London Borough of Havering
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