Gorleston churches involved with Men's Shed
Plans are afoot for a Men's Shed in Gorleston, to bring men together to engage in practical activities and to reduce loneliness and isolation.
Research has shown that 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's Sheds are similar to garden sheds — a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practise 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.
Men’s 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 others, and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging.
Activities in Sheds vary greatly, but you can often find woodworking, metalworking, repairing and restoring, electronics, model buildings or even car building in a typical Shed. Sheds typically attract older men, but many have younger members and women too. Whatever the activity, the essence of a Shed is not a building, but the connections and relationships between its members.
Men's Sheds exist across the country, and in many places have been set up in partnership with local churches. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Anna Heydon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone 07471 357072.
This is based on an article at Imagine Norfolk Together.
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