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Age UK Bexley launches Men in Sheds project

PUBLISHED: 09:19 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:19 07 August 2013

The Men in Sheds project

The Men in Sheds project

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Local people and companies have helped Age UK Bexley fit out a wood workshop and allotment for its new Men in Sheds project.

It is aimed at men over 60 who want to learn new skills, pass on their knowledge to others or want to get out and meet new people. It is funded by Bexley Council.

It is based at Bexley Adult Education Centre in Brampton Road and the Love Lane allotment, both in Bexleyheath.

Age UK Bexley chief executive Paul Goulden said: “This is an innovative project and we are so pleased that Bexley Council is funding it.

“In addition to their support, local people have been donating tools and seeds for our venues – with one lady, Mrs Simmons, donating enough wood-working tools to kit out our workshop with a full range of wood-working machinery. Sidcup based construction company FSL and Starbucks in Bexleyheath have also contributed to the project.”

Bexley Men in Sheds was officially launched at the workshop in Bexleyheath last Wednesday (July 31)

Cllr Chris Taylor, Bexley Council cabinet member for adult services, said: “The Men in Sheds project being run by Age UK Bexley is a fantastic support network for older men in the borough.

“I enjoyed meeting with residents along with the Leader of the Council, and Scrutiny Chairman, who have joined the Men in Sheds work shop, and hope that it grows from strength to strength. Bexley is very pleased to be associated with this innovative approach to promoting older men’s health and wellbeing.”

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