Improving men’s mental health with a ‘Men’s Shed’

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson visited the Milngavie and Bearsden Men’s Shed recently, a men’s mental health charity which aims to support men in the community who might feel lonely or isolated, to meet volunteers and chat to members about the projects they were working on.

The Men’s Shed is housed in the formerly disused Pagoda at King George V Park in Bearsden and is run by volunteers. Membership is free to men, over 18-years-old, with a connection to Milngavie, Bearsden or East Dunbartonshire. Its aim is to create a workshop and general-purpose recreation space where members can meet and complete personal projects. Members also undertake projects for the benefit of the community and any profits go towards the running costs of the building. The Men’s Shed provides a community space for men to connect, converse and create, for the benefit of men’s mental health and wellbeing.

Commenting, Jo said:

“I had a fantastic time at the Milngavie and Bearsden Men’s Shed. It was great to meet the inspiring volunteers and chat over a cuppa and some rather impressive cranachan biscuits served up by the resident baker, Neil.

“It was amazing to see how much progress had been made since April on renovating the old dilapidated Pagoda – the windows had been replaced, new flooring laid, and a kitchen installed. The men are also planning valuable work in the local community, whether that’s refurbishing the benches in King George V Park or building a new shed for the local girl guides.

“The Men’s Shed is a brilliant and creative way to combat loneliness and isolation among men, and I hope that they continue their excellent work.”

Hamish Livingstone, Secretary for the Milngavie and Bearsden Men’s Shed, said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome Jo Swinson to the Milngavie and Bearsden Men’s Shed today. She was obviously very interested in our project and we are pleased to have her continued support.

“This is a place for men to meet, chat, have a cuppa with like-minded people while gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. “Shedders” share skills to work on individual or group projects. It has been proven that membership contributes considerably to members’ physical health and mental wellbeing.

“We would like to encourage any interested men to visit and find out the benefits of the Men’s Shed.”

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