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‘Men don’t talk face to face – they talk shoulder to shoulder.’
That’s the motto adopted by men’s shed clubs all over the globe, and Louth Men’s Shed are no exception. Established in July 2015, the community group has gone from strength to strength through its network of support in the local area.
Having boasted 40 members at one point, the club aims to tackle the issues of social isolation and related mental health concerns for vulnerable adults. The group provides a local meeting space for like-minded folks to socialise, share jokes and get stuck into creative projects. From building hedgehog boxes for local wildlife rescues to sprucing up planters, residents can see the efforts of the group across Louth’s community spaces.
The group has previously received more than £540 through our Community Champions scheme and according to Chairman Martin Peck, these donations fund services that can be a lifeline for some people.
Martin said: "We’ve created a space where men can socialise and learn new skills but, more than that, a place where people can find a listening ear when they need it.
"One individual told me that the support he found here saved his life. There simply aren’t enough men’s sheds in the area and I’d encourage anyone to consider joining one or starting up their own."
Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or find men’s shed clubs in your area here.
Photography: Lincolnshire Life Magazine
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