Winterton Men in Sheds receives cash boost from Winterton 2022

Winterton Men in Sheds receives £4,600 from Winterton 2022

Winterton 2022 is delighted to support a project which aims to combat loneliness in Winterton. Winterton Men in Sheds is part of an international movement to provide places where men can meet regularly to pursue practical activities and enjoy the company of others.

There are Sheds located all over UK where men get involved in a variety of hobbies such as carpentry, cycle maintenance, horticulture – anything that they may do at home on their own, but with the benefit of sharing knowledge, skills and social connections. While the activities in Men in Sheds projects are important, the opportunity to make friends and feel a sense of purpose is enormously valuable, and helps to reduce loneliness.

The men in Winterton have set their Shed up to provide carpentry activities, however other activities will be included based on the interests of those that get involved. 

Winterton Men in Sheds receives £4,600 from Winterton 2022

Work began on the project in August 2017, after funding was secured from Humber and Wolds Rural Action. Working on behalf of the Humber and Wolds Rural Action, Jacky Birkett has worked with a group of Winterton men to find suitable premises for the ‘shed’ on King Street, Winterton, and source funding, sponsorship and donations to make the project come to life.

The founding members have formed a management committee so that they can develop their Shed and run it in the near future as a Charity for the benefit of others in the local area. 

Jacky said, “By opening a Men in Sheds project in Winterton, we hope that men (though not excluding women!), will have somewhere to go where they can find friendship, share skills, learn from each other, and just have a good laugh.”

“Shed’s typically attract older men, especially those approaching or having retired, or those that are going through other transitions in their lives such as bereavement, divorce, illness or redundancy. Loneliness and social isolation can have a big impact on health and wellbeing therefore Men in Sheds projects can offer a distraction and a new sense of purpose in life.”

“The wider community will also gain benefit from Winterton Men in Sheds as the men are already receiving requests and commissions from local groups and residents. All donations received from items made in the shed such as planters, fairy doors, book ends and the refurbishment of benches etc will ensure that the Shed is sustainable so that many more can benefit in the future.”

The Men in Sheds biggest grant to date is from Winterton 2022, a Big Local funded organisation run by a steering group of Winterton residents who provided £4,600 from their Community Investment Fund to help the group during their first year.

Jacky went on to say, “Without the investment of £4,600 from Winterton 2022 it would be have been extremely difficult to get this project up and running. The funding allowed us to secure premises for a year and cover running costs which has allowed us to attract other donations and sponsors.”

“We are extremely grateful to all our funders and supporters that have made our dream of setting up a Men in Sheds project in Winterton into a reality. All of these investments and donations will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of local residents, not only for those that participate, but the wider community too.”

Winterton Men in Sheds has been fortunate in securing support from the Co-op Management Team in refurbishing the premises on one of their Community Action Days. The following donations have also been received: £1000 from British Steel, £250 from Winterton Lions, and £250 from the Winterton Town Council Mayors Appeal Fund. Support has also been received from the following businesses Dave Underwood (Heaton Plumbing), K J Cutters Ltd, Roxby Road Industrial Estate, and a regular supply of tea and coffee from Pete Collins (local garage).

The Winterton Men in Sheds project officially opens on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at their premises on King Street. Membership is open to those wishing to get involved by calling 07956784371, emailing WintertonMINS@gmail.com or calling into the Shed.