Men’s shed mem­bers launch own cal­en­dar

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IT may not be the first group or so­ci­ety you would ex­pect to re­lease its own cal­en­dar, but a South Wales com­mu­nity’s men’s shed has done just that.

The Men’s Shed Caerau scheme, which helps change lives by sup­port­ing men ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in the area, will launch its cal­en­dar on Wed­nes­day at the Caerau Ath­letic Club in Maesteg.

Set up un­der the um­brella of Men’s Shed Cymru, the group was es­tab­lished in Fe­bru­ary.

There are men’s sheds in every cor­ner of the coun­try, and they sup­port men of all ages who may have ex­pe­ri­enced life chang­ing events such as re­dun­dancy, re­tire­ment or be­reave­ment, or be in re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tions or men­tal or phys­i­cal health prob­lems. And be­sides mak­ing a do­na­tion of £150 to the Welsh As­so­ci­a­tion for Blind Dogs, the group felt it wanted to draw at- ten­tion to the is­sues men face, in­clud­ing iso­la­tion.

The shed’s Phil Davies said the idea be­hind the cal­en­dar was to be “poignant and hu­mor­ous”, and it fea­tures im­ages of the group’s mem­bers in var­i­ous dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

He added: “The orig­i­nal idea was along the style of the cal­en­dar girls but when mem­bers re­alised the im­pli­ca­tion they de­cided to tone it down.

“The cal­en­dar is now be­ing printed but the whole pro­ce­dure was pro­fes­sion­ally filmed.”

A film that has been pro­duced by the group as part of the launch will also be shown at the event.

Phil John lost his daugh­ter and his wife as well as hav­ing re­cov­ered from a brain tu­mour, and is one of the club’s mem­bers.

He said: “These guys help me to open my­self up. To be open, to be free. To ex­press my con­cerns and also to help them with their con­cerns as well.”

The men’s shed group posed for a cal­en­dar

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