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The PCH Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests.
The Shed offers this to a group of men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects and to socialise in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. The group have been working out of Leigham Community Hall, which they transformed by clearing out items to create a storage area for timber and other items they need to be able to create some fantastic woodwork projects.
As a thank you from the group – which wouldn’t have been possible without the help and enthusiasm of its members – we were presented with an engraved glass ornament which takes pride of place in our Plumer House trophy cabinet in reception.
Malcolm Newman, of the Men’s Shed, said: “PCH saw a gap for this kind of project and has done something about it. They’ve been a great support to us through the first year and the guys have now bonded well and made new friends. We have members who have disabilities and illnesses, and it’s a place where they feel welcomed and have a purpose.”
“This project has really taken off from their humble beginnings, and the members are really looking forward to making sure they’ve got everything they need to continue creating some of the brilliant woodwork projects coming out of these sessions”Alice Potter, communities team manager
The Men’s Shed celebrated its one-year anniversary with a specially-crafted gift for communities worker Ryan Huws, who admitted: “This was so unexpected and a great honour. It brings to mind all the great work PCH does in local communities. ‘The Janner Shedders’ are great bunch and it’s a pleasure to work with them.”
Alice Potter, communities team manager, added: “This project has really taken off from their humble beginnings, and the members are really looking forward to planning what they spend and making sure they’ve got everything they need to continue creating some of the brilliant woodwork projects that are coming out of these sessions. The group is now constituted and making money by selling the items they produce.”