Men’s shed gets a makeover from our staff
Published: Mon, 15 Jun 2015
Our staff from the Causeway area recently gathered to give the Men’s Shed in Limavady a makeover after the property was devastated by a fire earlier this year.
Donning aprons and carrying paintbrushes, rakes and spades 24 members of staff from our offices in Limavady, Coleraine, Ballymoney and Ballycastle were involved in the project to give the building and its garden areas a much needed facelift.
The Men’s Shed project in Limavady was officially opened in March and is part of the ‘Be Safe Be Well’ programme, having received £1.2m from the Big Lottery Fund for a six year project.
The Men’s Shed projects are aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of men.
In January the project’s building at Roe Mill Road was targeted by burglars and then set on fire, which prompted the response of our Corporate Social Responsibility team.
Mark Alexander, Area Manager for Causeway, said:
“The team selected the project as it is community based and endeavours to create a welcoming space for men of all ages to relax in, make new friends and try out lots of different activities and leisure pursuits.
“We were delighted to be able to support the project as part of our CSR efforts and to take our work to Limavady this year.”
Mark Vinnicombe, Project Co-Ordinator of the Men’s Shed Project, said:
“It was amazing to see how much the Housing Executive staff achieved in one day. That work would have taken us six months to do. They really got stuck into the work and the results are amazing.
“The neighbours are delighted with the results and it is great that the building now looks so inviting.
“We have 35 men using the two projects in Limavady and Foregelen. The projects we do are usually centred around the men’s interests and skills and in many instances skills are passed onto the younger members of the group.”
The Men’s Shed runs two days a week, Monday and Wednesday in Limavady and Tuesday and Thursday in Foreglen.
If you would like to get involved you can check out their Facebook page ‘Be Safe Be Well Men’s Shed’ or call Mark on 028 71 338125 or 07794918004.
Last year, our staff did a clean-up at Knocklayde House in Ballycastle, which provides supported living for ten adults with learning difficulties. The year before they were involved in an environmental makeover of Ballysally Nursery in Coleraine to help develop an outside play area.