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New venue for 'Men in Sheds' Bexley programme

PUBLISHED: 12:26 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:26 04 April 2016

Len Mitchell, member of ‘Men in Sheds’ and Rochester’s Community Engagement Advisor, Caroline Clarke, at the opening launch of the new ‘Men in Sheds’ building.

Len Mitchell, member of 'Men in Sheds' and Rochester's Community Engagement Advisor, Caroline Clarke, at the opening launch of the new 'Men in Sheds' building.

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The project received a £35,000 grant

A £35,000 grant to Age UK Bexley means there will be a new home for the borough’s Men in Sheds programme.

The programme which aims to give older men a place to socialise while making and growing things themselves, first started in Australia.

It aims to cut social isolation while improving community involvement and self-confidence.

Christ Church in Erith offered Age UK Bexley a plot of land behind the church hall to use for the programme, which has a growing waiting list.

Once the offer was made, the team behind the project made an application to the Cory Environmental Trust for a grant.

Della Jeffery, development manager for the project said: “We are delighted that CETB was able to offer us a grant that will help us reach out to more members of the community.

Members of the project were consulted and have welcomed the chance to expand.

The programme’s next project is to set up a furniture recycling shop to refurbish sofas and other household items and sell them on to the local community.

Ms Jeffery explained: “The men in sheds project has already proven popular and benefits older men by reducing social isolation and improving mental physical wellbeing.”

Angela Haymonds, secretary at CETB said: “The trustees are thrilled to have had the opportunity to support this project, which will help to provide an inclusive environment that will encourage social development within the local community.”

The new facility will be open between 10am and 4pm every weekday, with more information available at ww.ageuk.org.uk/bexley.

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