Men’s Shed appeals for a treasurer
THE kettle is always boiling and the craic is always flowing at a social club for men in Fort William but now they just need someone to manage their finances.
Fort William Men’s Shed is a place where men can come together to share skills, work on community projects and catch up.
The group meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at its shed’ in the Blah Mor industrial estate.
Bruce James, chairman, told the Lochaber Times: ‘It is just a nice comfy place where men with time on their hands can come and relax, speak to other men and potter around. We’re not all retired but even still, life can sometimes get lonely.
‘Women are better are talking to each other and getting into groups, even if they are only going to the medical centre. Men can sometimes find it hard to open up and there’s sometimes conversations that men only feel comfortable having around other men.’
Since the group moved into the Blah Mor, its members have been working to get the place up to scratch with a bit of help from local businesses and organisations.
Bruce said: ‘Age Scotland and the Robertson Trust have been very good to us but a lot of the jobs we have worked on ourselves. We have an IT corner, and were bequeathed a wood lathe, some members mend old motorbikes and we can also sell the items we make, like garden furniture, to help cover our costs.’
A registered charity, The Men’s Shed also organised for a health professional to visit and give the guys a check up.
Bruce added: ‘I was pleasantly surprised that everyone took the opportunity to have an MOT. Things are really ticking over at the shed but what we need is a treasurer to make sure we’re doing things by the book.
‘If anyone with some experience is interested, they should get in touch and if transport is a problem we can even pick them up from a bus stop.’
The gents stop for a picture at Fort William Men’s Shed before getting back to work.