Cromer Men's Shed planned by local Christians
A Men’s Shed is being planned for the Cromer area, and the organisers are keen for more people to get involved. Tony Rothe reports.
Richard Wall, who attends Overstrand Parish Church, and who chairs the team of mainly Christians who are planning the project, said, “About 5 years ago I had a serious fall and, after my broken bones had mended, I’d lost any confidence. My wife took me to the local Men’s Shed and they slowly and sensitively helped me get back my “zing”.
“Having moved to Norfolk, I was excited to read that a Men’s Shed was to start in Cromer and that help was needed. Here was my chance to thank Men’s Sheds for helping me – by starting a new Shed to help others. I’d managed projects for most of my working life, so the assembled group of volunteers asked me to be Chair while we get the Shed up and running.”
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.
Surveys from mental health charities are finding that millions of people report feeling lonely on a daily basis. 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.
Richard says “A Men’s Shed is about drinking tea & coffee, chatting, making and mending things and also about having fun! Men’s Sheds are often at the heart of the community, getting involved with local projects and events.”
The team are also on the lookout for a suitable venue – ie a workshop or large space for practical tasks.
To download the flyer about the Cromer Men's Shed, click here.
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