Men's shed project to forge friendships

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 January 2016

Men would be invited to use the shed in Wedmore.

Men would be invited to use the shed in Wedmore.

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A 'men's shed' could be created in Wedmore as a way of providing support to those feeling isolated.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday to discuss the plan.

The ‘men’s shed’ movement aims to get men to work together on small projects, which can help them build friendships and camaraderie.

Lucille Simms, a charity worker for Wedmore who helped to devise the scheme alongside Susan Gerry-Riley from Weston Hospicecare, said: “Studies have shown that when men suffer issues such as isolation, loneliness, vulnerability or bereavement, they are less likely than women to attend support groups or reach out for help.

“I don’t often see men attend coffee mornings or the various group activities offered around the region.

“I wanted to provide the option of an alternative to the usual group format and I hope that a men’s shed will accomplish this.”

A meeting about the scheme will be held at the Scout Hut in Wells Road, Wedmore, on Tuesday from 2-4pm.

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