A number of very successful ‘Men’s Shed’ groups now exist in Scotland, with the concept originating in Australia in the 1990s.
They were developed using the shed in a back garden analogy, a place where a man could go to carry out tasks that were of interest, such as restoring furniture or fixing lawn mowers.
The ever expanding and wide-reaching charity Links Park Community Trust is supporting the development of a group in Montrose after being approached by an enthusiastic local individual who has already undertaken extensive research on the success of such initiatives.
Peter Davidson, LPCT project manager said: “By chance, I got into a conversation with someone who was looking at developing a Men’s Shed in Montrose. Having heard of their success elsewhere, I felt that supporting the development of such a group here in Montrose would fit nicely with our aims of improving both physical and mental health of those, of all ages, in our communities.”
It has been suggested that Men’s Shed groups could help promote social interaction and reduce depression related illness in older adults, as members engage in social activities such as demonstrating their carpentry or artistic skills, amongst others, with the gathering of participants also being used to deliver key health messages.
A meeting will take place, at Links Park Stadium in Montrose, on Friday, August 21 at 1.30pm. Anyone interested in joining a Men’s Shed locally is invited and encouraged to attend.
For more information on this particular project, or the work of Links Park Community Trust, phone 01674 677582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org