YOUR VOL­UN­TEER

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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’.

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