Alan Michael Founder & Honorary President of Inverness Men’s Shed
INVERNESS MEN'S SHED
Our constitution states our main aim is “to address the social, health and wellbeing needs of men of all ages and backgrounds living in Inverness, through the creation, upkeep, and development of facilities in which men can meet and jointly or individually undertake creative, physical and recreational activities of their choice.”
In particular, our purpose is to set up and operate a collective “Shed” where the user will be able to:
Our New Building .. A New Future.
Acquiring and refurbishing the Pavilion opens up exciting new opportunities for the Shed to expand our activities and to develop what could be a wide range of new ventures. Our new building is essentially split into two separate, but linked parts, each with it’s own toilet facility.
The participants in the Men's Shed benefit by:
The Social Side
On one side there is a fully equipped kitchen/leisure area and a separate large meeting room. A range of social activities take place in these areas: IT Group, Talking & Writing Group, Singing Group and there is now ample scope to add more ( eg Arts and Crafts, games, cooking ). We welcome fresh ideas from members to expand the range, in fact, any activity for which there may be even a limited demand will be encouraged. A regular feature has been talks from visiting speakers (many related to Men’s health) and these are always well attended.
Inverness Men's Shed is a local volunteer-run facility that enables people to come together around practical projects of their own choice.
The Practical Side
On the other side of the building and subject to some Health and Safety restrictions, are 4 work areas. The standard of available equipment is high and will provide opportunities for all levels of ability in activities such as woodworking, lathe work, metalwork, and more. A new Dust Extraction system is in operation greatly enhancing the working environment for everyone.
On all of the practical projects, there will always be opportunities to become involved whatever your experience or skill level. We make items, such as planters and benches, which we then advertise for sale to raise funds for the Shed.
Our links to the local community are very important to us especially when we become aware of problems the elderly and disabled may have in finding someone to attend to minor repairs or maintenance. Members find this aspect of our activity to be particularly rewarding. Referrals can come by word of mouth perhaps from members’ contacts or can come from our links with local organizations.
There is also space for members to progress a personal project of their own with the added benefit of sharing skills and ideas and solutions to problems with others.