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Men’s Shed group to be launched in Frome

A meeting to discuss setting-up a community Men’s Shed in Frome will be held at the Cheese & Grain on Monday 12th May, starting at 1.30pm.

The scheme will be open to men who need something practical and constructive to do, in a “friendly, supportive and welcoming environment” in one shed. The Frome Shed plans to offer a workspace where older people can work on practical projects with others. People are welcome from anywhere in Frome and the surrounding area.

The space will be equipped with tools and materials donated by the public or local businesses. The club will be run by the members who decide when they come and what they do. The organisers plan to undertake projects, acceptable to the group, which are of benefit to individuals, other groups and the broader community in Frome. The group will learn from each other and contribute voluntarily to the club’s future.

The idea draws on the successful Men’s Shed movement in Australia where over 1000 Sheds have formed in just over a decade. It is part of a growing movement in the UK which now has 60 Sheds open, up from five in the past three years. The UK Men’s Sheds Association aims to promote and support Men’s Sheds in the UK – For further details see www.ukmsa.org.uk

Patrick Abrahams is organising the group and said, “We are establishing a ‘Men in Sheds’ facility in Frome, to address the needs of local men, some of whom find themselves lonely and/or socially isolated for a variety of reasons – retirement, redundancy, bereavement etc.

“This isolation can lead to health problems, physical or mental, and yet it is proven that the practical focus and camaraderie available from within a shed, can address these issues most positively.

“The group has yet to secure a permanent base but is in discussion with Mendip District Council about possibly locating the workshop in disused buildings in Frome. Ideal premises of approximately 90 square metres have been identified already in Frome, close to the Cheese and Grain, and we are hopeful to secure these premises for the group.”

What activities the group will do in the shed will be discussed at a general meeting on Monday 12th May This public meeting will also include the current status on the group’s progress, updates from similar sheds in Somerset, as well as a 3D printing demonstration.

Anyone interested in the group, as a member, partner or supporter would be very welcome to attend the general meeting at the Cheese & Grain on Monday 12th May from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

If you have any questions please visit www.frome shed.org.uk, or contact Patrick Abrahams by email Info@fromeshed.org.uk or tel: 07932 760585.

 

A meeting to discuss setting-up a community Men’s Shed in Frome will be held at the Cheese & Grain on Monday 12th May, starting at 1.30pm.

The scheme will be open to men who need something practical and constructive to do, in a “friendly, supportive and welcoming environment” in one shed. The Frome Shed plans to offer a workspace where older people can work on practical projects with others. People are welcome from anywhere in Frome and the surrounding area.

The space will be equipped with tools and materials donated by the public or local businesses. The club will be run by the members who decide when they come and what they do. The organisers plan to undertake projects, acceptable to the group, which are of benefit to individuals, other groups and the broader community in Frome. The group will learn from each other and contribute voluntarily to the club’s future.

The idea draws on the successful Men’s Shed movement in Australia where over 1000 Sheds have formed in just over a decade. It is part of a growing movement in the UK which now has 60 Sheds open, up from five in the past three years. The UK Men’s Sheds Association aims to promote and support Men’s Sheds in the UK – For further details see www.ukmsa.org.uk

Patrick Abrahams is organising the group and said, “We are establishing a ‘Men in Sheds’ facility in Frome, to address the needs of local men, some of whom find themselves lonely and/or socially isolated for a variety of reasons – retirement, redundancy, bereavement etc.

“This isolation can lead to health problems, physical or mental, and yet it is proven that the practical focus and camaraderie available from within a shed, can address these issues most positively.

“The group has yet to secure a permanent base but is in discussion with Mendip District Council about possibly locating the workshop in disused buildings in Frome. Ideal premises of approximately 90 square metres have been identified already in Frome, close to the Cheese and Grain, and we are hopeful to secure these premises for the group.”

What activities the group will do in the shed will be discussed at a general meeting on Monday 12th May This public meeting will also include the current status on the group’s progress, updates from similar sheds in Somerset, as well as a 3D printing demonstration.

Anyone interested in the group, as a member, partner or supporter would be very welcome to attend the general meeting at the Cheese & Grain on Monday 12th May from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

If you have any questions please visit www.frome shed.org.uk, or contact Patrick Abrahams by email Info@fromeshed.org.uk or tel: 07932 760585.

 

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