Heatons’ Men in Sheds is a voluntary group that aims to tackle social isolation in older members of the community. Our Mens Shed provides a setting where people can socialise, work together, learn new skills and share their own skills. We are based in the 4 heatons but have members from all over Stockport.
We have many interests from learning basic to advanced computer skills; woodworking; community gardening; photography and image correction; repairing and restoration. By working together and inviting anyone to join we hope to overcome the loneliness that can occur after redundancy, retirement, relocation or bereavement. We do this by meeting regularly, being productive and getting involved in our local community.
Our meetings are on a Monday afternoons where we are setting up the group, and being a new Mens Shed we are currently preparing the wood workshop. We are trying to do as much as possible from donations and with the expertise within the groups, and so this covers all aspects of getting the workshop to a usable condition, including electrics, fire regulations, building the work benches etc.
Once we have completed the set up of the Mens Shed, the workshop will be available for all the members to use however they wish, although we are planning to benefit the wider community by making planters and benches for green spaces and shopping areas.
We also run one to one sessions on basic PC skills, and hope to soon set up some photography workshops.
Our facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/MIS.heatons/ if you wish to meet some of us online first.