Winsford Super Shed
A ‘Super Shed’ will be opened in Winsford this year. The new shed, modelled on the successful ‘Men in Sheds’ project, will allow men a place to come together and socialise.
Social isolation is one of society’s most pertinent issues and for those who are single or widowed and particularly men who have retired or been made redundant this is a real problem.
Men in Sheds is a project started by Age UK Cheshire in the autumn of 2008. It is based on an Australian project called Men’s Sheds, which has expanded greatly over the last few years with around 1,000 sheds now open. The ‘sheds’ are places where men can meet to undertake a variety of activities such as woodworking, metalworking, art and computers.
Age UK Cheshire’s Men in Sheds project currently has 4 sheds, in Hartford, Ellesmere Port, Crewe and Chester. We also have a Women in Sheds project at our Hartford Shed one day a week. We are opening a further shed in Winsford as we recognise that there is a real demand for this type of service which reduces social isolation and loneliness and gives an opportunity to share and learn new skills.
We are keen for the local community to get involved and volunteer to help us to build and shape the shed and make it a success and help it grow into a vital community hub in the town.