Light Shed on Men’s Health with Limavady Christmas Fayre

Two children are pictured at a Christmas Grotto.
Children enjoying decorating cookies at the Limavady Mens' Shed’s Christmas Grotto

Be Safe Be Well Mens Shed, Limavady, recently hosted a 3 month creative project to promote mens’ health, thanks to the Housing Executive.

Funded by the Housing Executive and delivered in partnership with Coolessan Community Association, the initiative aimed to improve participants’ mental and physical health through creative expression. A recently held, one day Christmas Fayre, was the culmination of the project.

Inclusive of all abilities, the scheme saw participants use a variety of art mediums to create vintage –style signs, painted glass backdrops and wooden gifts.  Men aged 25-70 years old took part, many of whom have challenging mental and physical health conditions. 

The Christmas Fayre project was a cohesive and cross-generational event that brought families from across Limavady together to enjoy the project’s festive art work, which was available for purchase from the craft shop.

All profits will be reinvested into next year’s event and into the Mens Shed.

Project Participant, Paul O’Brien said that: “This project has reminded me of the pleasure of learning how to do practical things. The company and craic is great and I have made lots of new friends.”

Catherine Taylor, Programme Director at Be Safe Be Well Mens Sheds, said: “The project has brought a wonderful sense of fun, camaraderie and cheer…This is particularly important to our members who often find this time of year lonely and sad due to their own loss of family or friends. 

“Partnering with Coolessan CA has connected our members with the wider community and helped forge new friendship. With thanks to the Housing Executive for funding this project and for their continued support to the residents in our area.”

Our Area Manager for Causeway, Mark Alexander, added: “We are proud to support such a worthy initiative. The Christmas Fair has brought the community together and has provided local men with a sense of companionship, purpose and fun at what can be a lonely time of year.”

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