A Men’s Shed has been launched in Harlow, providing a safe space for men to talk openly whilst taking part in practical activities.
Research has shown that Shed members, known as Shedders, have experienced a number of benefits including; increases in mental and physical health, a decline in feelings of loneliness and isolation, and a renewed sense of purpose.
Supported by the Essex Shed Network, the Shed has received funding from the Age Well sub group of the Harlow Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board and the Centre for Voluntary Services Uttlesford (CVSU).
Located within the Walled Garden of Harlow Town Park, Harlow Men’s Shed was officially opened on Friday 8 February by Vice Chair of Harlow Council, Clive Souter and CEO of CVSU, Clive Emmett.
Starting life as a disused container, the Shed was adapted with a door, windows and electrics and is now ready to be fitted with workbenches, shelves and racks for tools. These essential components will be finished by the Shedders themselves, providing an opportunity for interested Harlow men to come together and share their skills and knowledge, to create an environment where they can socialise, find peer support and participate in group or individual projects.
Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing, Councillor Eugenie Harvey, said:
“We are really proud to have received a Men’s Shed as part of the Wellbeing Programme at Harlow Council. This is a growing movement and we’re very excited we get a shed here in the Town Park, which already does so much to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
“The Shed is going to be an important community asset that will contribute towards the health and wellbeing of the men in Harlow.”
The Shed will initially be open a couple of days a week from 10am to 3pm for the final works to be completed, which all men in Harlow are invited to come along and get involved.
If you or somebody you know is interested in being part of the Harlow Men’s Shed project, please email, Essex Shed Network: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact CVSU on 01371 878400
Essex Shed Network and CVSU are also interested to hear from organisations and individuals who may wish to work in partnership with the shed in terms of commissioning work or donating tools and equipment.