MEN in Sheds has received a £10,000 grant from the Manx Lottery Trust (MLT) to buy tools and equipment and also to pay for a part-time co-ordinator.
The grant means the ‘shed’ – a converted double garage at Thie Rosien (the old Southlands), Four Roads, Port Erin, where retired men can meet and work at activities such as woodworking – can open to members of the public several days a week with a full set of equipment.
‘We are so proud that the MLT could see the potential this project has to change the lives of retired men,’ said chairman of Men in Sheds Graham Hall.
‘In our experience many men can retire from demanding and responsible jobs only to watch their lives contract around them as loneliness and isolation sets in.
‘Retired men still have so much to offer their communities and this project will give them the opportunity to do just that.
‘Once a shed co-ordinator can be appointed the shed will open three or perhaps four days depending on continued funding and community support.’
The shed is currently open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm and any man aged 55 plus and retired can join at a cost of £25 a year.
Anyone interested in finding out more should just turn up or contact Graham Hall on 334203 or Allan Phoenix on 835153.