Every man needs a shed

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Calling all men in the Carnoustie and Monifieth area who are bored, lonely or missing the camaraderie of working together to gather your tools and join the Men’s Shed movement.

Men’s Sheds first started in Australia to provide support to men who have experienced mental health issues, problems with the transition to retirement or a lack of social interaction.

Patrick Abrahams, UK Men’s Shed Association Administrator explained the reasons why setting up a shed can be crucial to men’s health. He said: “It is enormously supportive to a group of (older men) who are not well served with opportunities. I run a Men’s Shed – It’s fun!

“We attended a Men’s Health Conference recently which included headlines such as one in five men die before the age of 65, of people aged 65 and above who are committing suicide, 80 percent are men and men engage better on health issues with peer lead groups.”

The scheme has gone global with a shed opening every week and more than 100 in the UK, including a Shed in Forfar.

Following its success Angus Council’s communities officer Donald McNeill is keen to kickstart a similar one in this area: “As we are just starting out with this idea we don’t yet have a shed yet but this would be a great way to start the group.”

Donald urges you to get in contact if Men’s Sheds sounds like something you would like to get involved with: “Men - this is a chance to get together in a suitable place for you, take part in constructive activities and talk ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with others over a cup of tea.”