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Supporting Omagh’s Men’s Shed

Published: Mon, 8 Jun 2015
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Standing: Patrick Hosey, Ernie Coburn, Marilyn Giboney (NIHE) Frank Gillease & Kieran Gallagher.  Seated Gerry Nugent, Oonagh McAvinney and Jim McAnespy.
Men's Shed Group
We are supporting men in Omagh with a grant of £4,500 to help them improve their physical, mental and emotional good health.
Over 30 men in Omagh, from all walks of life, have already joined the Men’s Shed in Old Market Place where they have a male friendly environment, a place to hang out, relax, make or fix things, drink tea, chat, share skills, learn a little, help others and have fun.  Our Community Cohesion Unit recognised the initiative’s potential to break down social barriers, so we funded the purchase of tools to help the group carry out small repairs as well as do some paint jobs for the local community.  Any income from these jobs will allow the group to meet the costs for rent, electricity etc, making them self-sufficient.
Oonagh McAvinney, our Area Manager, was delighted the Community Cohesion Unit was able to support Omagh’s first Men’s Shed and said:
“It is very encouraging to see the Men’s Shed opening up in Omagh.  It is the first attempt by the men of Omagh to step up and step out for their fellow men and the benefits are filtering through.
“We were pleased to support this social enterprise based initiative as it will provide practical assistance to the whole community and give local men the opportunity to address health issues in an inclusive, supportive environment.”
Commenting on the project our Neighbourhood and Cohesion Manager, Deirdre Crawford, said:
“The Men’s Shed movement is growing fast across Northern Ireland.  I am pleased the men of Omagh have taken on the initiative, which I believe will have a real impact on social inclusion, and the Housing Executive was able to help.
“I look forward to hearing how the Men’s Shed develops and contributes to good relations in Omagh, not only for the men, but also for those they support.”
The Chair of Omagh Men’s Shed, Kieran Gallagher, has noticed that since the group was established last year
“Instead of going to the pub men now come down to the Shed”.
He went on to comment
“We are delighted with the funding from the Housing Executive.  It was the perfect boost to Omagh Men’s Shed as we’ve been able to buy a range of useful tools for the workshop where our members will be able to develop their skills and interests for the benefit of local people.
“We’re actively looking for more members.  Anyone is welcome to call into the Men’s Shed (22 Old Market Place, Omagh) or contact us on 077 4641 9091 for more information.