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‘Shed loads’ of help to end loneliness

Men in Sheds is the name of a new project currently under development in Beverley to help prevent isolation and loneliness. The shed used is a larger version of a typical garden shed and is offered to a group of men where tools and resources can be shared to work on projects of their own preference and at their own pace in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

The project is funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Public Health team and a council spokesman told Beverley FM: “Men in Sheds is an international movement to help encourage social involvement, undertaking hobbies and activities and getting out of the house.

“Men in Sheds Beverley is for men over 18 living in the town and surrounding areas who are experiencing social isolation, physical illness, disability, mental health issues or loneliness.”

With support from Humber and Wolds Rural Action and a network of volunteers, mentors, organisations and businesses, the project aims to become sustainable through its own activities.

This could include providing services such as painting and decorating and gardening and up-cycling and selling unwanted items. And on Wednesday this week there is a chance to find out more at an Information event being held at the Cherry Tree Centre in Cherry Tree Lane from 10.30 to 12 noon. Alternatively you can call project co-ordinator Carole Johnson on 01652 637700.