A woodworking group that organises classes for those at risk of social isolation and loneliness have received vital funding from Reach Rushcliffe to purchase and replace tools.
The ‘Men in Sheds’ group, which is open to everyone, have received the funds from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s project that will assist with the purchase of equipment that help them create a variety of interesting items including bird boxes for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
The group provides participants with an opportunity to meet socially, pursue practical interests, practice skills and enjoy making and mending items, whilst meeting like-minded individuals looking to connect over the workshops.
They meet at FarmEco in Screveton every Tuesday and Friday and are inviting new members to join them by calling Project Coordinator Kevin Bryant on 07739519748.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan met members of the group to find out more why it appeals to those looking to learn and enhance their skills.
She said: “What a great bunch of guys! I’m so pleased to see another community project that gives essential support to those at risk of social isolation and loneliness in our communities and helps to use the many skills and talents of the group to create and repair amazing objects.
“It was brilliant to visit the project and we’re delighted to be able to award them funding so they can purchase vital equipment to extend the range of items they can make and mend that could see even more members join their ranks.
“We would encourage any organisations also looking to reduce social isolation in their part of Rushcliffe to apply for funding through Reach Rushcliffe by visiting www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/reachrushcliffe/.”
The funding has supported a new metal-working lathe and milling machine which will allow them to complete a wider range of jobs and encourage more to attend.
Kevin said: “It’s great to receive this funding from Reach Rushcliffe to purchase equipment that not only will help with the work we currently do, but also appeal to more people with interests outside wood working and repairs.
“For example, model makers, classic car or classic bike enthusiasts usually work alone in their garages, workshops and sheds. Our group enables them to continue to do so, but also to join others with similar interests.
“We’d welcome anyone, who wants to get involved and enjoys making or tinkering with things!”