Real men talk and join the grow­ing Men’s Shed rev­o­lu­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Re­tired men in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing in­vited along to a new group that has just started in the area.

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Men’s Shed have started meet­ing every Tues­day at the Whit­law­burn Re­source Cen­tre.

Their first meet­ing was held on Tues­day, Au­gust 2, and they hope to at­tract even more mem­bers in the com­ing weeks.

The project is sup­ported by Se­niors To­gether in South La­nark­shire, which acts as a col­lec­tive voice for older peo­ple in the re­gion.

Men’s sheds were pop­u­larised in Aus­tralia, but have now spread across the globe.

Ron Taylor is the group’s chair, and he said: “The men’s shed is ba­si­cally a work­shop where re­tired men, or un­em­ployed men over 18, can come along and do some work, have a chat and a cup of tea.

“They have been go­ing on in Aus­tralia for the past five or six years but are spread­ing.

“A lot of re­tired men just sit in and stare at the four walls and this gives them the op­por­tu­nity to get out and have a chat.”

The group cur­rently have a hand­ful of mem­bers and they hope to get an es­tab­lished com­mit­tee up and run­ning soon.

There are cur­rently around a dozen men’s sheds in and around the Glas­gow area.

Ron reck­ons a club for re­tired men is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as they are a group who can strug­gle to find ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cussed on them.

“Women have no prob­lem find­ing clubs and ac­tiv­i­ties be­cause they ac­tu­ally speak to each other.

“Men don’t do that un­less some­one talks to them.

“Men’s sheds have gone down well wher­ever they have opened.”

The meet­ings cur­rently take place be­tween 10am- 1pm at the Whit­law­burn cen­tre on Bel­mont Road but that is sub­ject to change de­pend­ing on pop­u­lar­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Jackie Foye on 01698 454156

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