A new community group offering men a space to share and connect is coming to Uttoxeter – with its base at the town’s community garden.
Housebuilder David Wilson Homes has given a donation of £250 towards the project.
The cash will be spent on creating a base for a new shed at Uttoxeter Community Gardens, where the new Men in Sheds group will meet.
Mary Dodgson, Chairperson at Uttoxeter Community Garden, said: “The Men in Sheds scheme aims to be a community space for men to connect, converse and create.
“During our first meeting, members decided to call it The Shed, and it was noted that it would be a good space to share skills with all ages.
“This is our first donation, and the £250 will be used towards the foundation slabs needed for the base of our shed.
“The pandemic stopped our efforts to fundraise last year, so we are incredibly grateful to David Wilson Homes for their contribution.
“The UK Men’s Sheds Association works hard to inspire and support the development of as many Men’s Sheds as possible for the benefit of men’s health and wellbeing and we encourage any men to come and join the project.”
Founded in 2013 with 30 Men’s Sheds, the charity offers men regular interactions, new and improved skills, and regular, active participation in activities they enjoy.
They aim to reduce the impact of loneliness and isolation caused by the pandemic, and there are now more than 600 Men’s Sheds in the UK with over 100 more in development.
The Uttoxeter Community Garden was established in order to add a beautiful, thriving green space to the heart of the scenic market town.
With the great help of many volunteers, they have been able to build upon the display throughout the year and keep the gardens fresh for all who wish to visit.
The group has been raising funds to maintain garden, including an event in July that featured a gorgeous array of flowers, woven sculptures, vintage tractors and several market stalls.
With the garden well maintained by its volunteer troupe and an established connection with the local community, they are looking to further their support of the local community by launching a new Men in Sheds group.
Dominic Harman, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said: “As a leading developer, it is important that we support and improve the surrounding communities in which we build, through collaborations with organisations and charities in the area.
“We’re delighted to be able to support to the local Men in Sheds project at Uttoxeter Community Garden, and provide vital funding that will allow them to install their new shed.”
For more information on the Men in Sheds project visit the Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre on Holly Road. Alternatively, visit Uttoxeter Community Garden’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/st147dp.
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