Name: Martin Harrison. Which organisation are you involved with?: Age UK Cheshire East, Men in Sheds Project. What does the organisation do?: Age UK Cheshire East is a local charity supporting people over 50, their families and carers through high quality practical and emotional support. Men in Sheds is a place for company, advice, a cup of tea and great banter. Men can even have a go at woodworking, or simply relax and socialise. How did you become a volunteer?: Following a brain operation I retired and became a volunteer with Age UK Cheshire East around 15 years ago. I began running a day care group for people living with dementia and after 13 years I fancied a change. That’s when I came to Men in Sheds, as a client at first. Have you done any volunteering work before this?: Yes, helping young children horse riding and at the group for people with dementia. What do you enjoy most about doing this?: Helping people do things they wouldn’t normally do. I have one client who struggled to get any words out when he first came. Despite his trade being woodwork, he wasn’t confident and needed a lot of assistance. Now he is doing things by himself. It’s a great crowd. Sometimes we sit chatting, sometimes people need help and some days we are making things to sell in our shop. What is your favourite place in Macclesfield?: The Men in Sheds workshop. Ideally how would you spend every day?: Coming to Men in Sheds.
What was the best holiday you have been on?: A cruise around the Mediterranean. If money was no object what would you do?: Find a large warehouse to put Men in Sheds in. What one piece of advice would you give?: Try Men in Sheds – if only for a cup of tea. What was your first job?: A draughtsman. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: Pink Floyd and lots of 60’s music. What is your favourite TV show?: I’m really enjoying Tattoo Fixers. What are you reading at the moment?: Books on woodwork projects. What is your biggest inspiration?: The older people I work with. Who would you like to invite to dinner?: A group of rich people who could donate to Men in Sheds. Find out more about Men in Sheds and all other Age UK East Cheshire services by calling 01625 612958 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/ cheshireeast and search ‘men in sheds’.