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A shed load of activities set for Fermanagh

Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017
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(L to r) Anthony McGirr & Eoin McAnuff Men's Sheds Fermanagh, Oonagh McAvinney (Housing Executive) and Danny Taggart (Men's Shed Member)
A showcase event funded by the Housing Executive is being held to highlight the success of the Men’s Shed project in Fermanagh at Enniskillen Museum.
Taking place on Friday 24th March, members of the local Men’s Shed will launch a four-week exhibition highlighting how the past is remembered.
Over ten sessions, the exhibition will display old photographs and objects which symbolise the past. The men will display basket weaving, photography and perform music as part of the exhibition supported by Action Mental Health.
Over two years, we have provided £7,690 worth of funding through the organisation’s Community Cohesion Programme.
The Men’s Shed is a project run by the charity Action Mental Health, for men aged 60+ to share skills, socialise and connect with the wider community. Over 100 members have joined the Fermanagh Men’s Shed and it’s a place for members to be themselves, a place to work at their own pace, a place to exchange ideas and learn, a place to support each other and build friendships.
Action Mental Health run the Men’s Shed projects across Northern Ireland with over 300 members based in Antrim, Downpatrick and Fermanagh. It is hoped that further Men’s Sheds will be created in the future. The Housing Executive has invested over £4,000 into the scheme, which is now entering its fourth year.
Over the past 12 months, 30 members of the Men’s Shed Fermanagh in Drumcoo have been able to participate in a range of classes which have supported improved health and mental well-being. The men have been taking music, upholstery, photography, storytelling and willow weaving classes as well as benefitting from a personal training programme. As a result they have acquired new skills including upcycling, playing a musical instrument, weaving and improved their personal fitness.
Eoin McAnuff, Project Co-ordinator for Men’s Shed Fermanagh said: ““The men have seen great benefit from taking part in this project and the work they have produced is testament to that. We have witnessed first-hand the social and well-being benefits of them engaging in this project.”
Our South West Area Manager Oonagh McAvinney added:
“We were pleased to fund the Fermanagh Men’s Shed through our Community Cohesion Programme. Through the Action Mental Health organisation, the Men ‘Shedders’ programme continues to grow and tackle issues relevant to older men.
“The Men’s Shed in Fermanagh is an important outlet for men to come and engage with each other. The exhibition is a collective idea from the ‘Shedders’ to reflect positively on the past through the various skills learnt through the Men’s Shed programme.
“The Housing Executive would encourage the local community of Fermanagh to support the exhibition and to find out more about the Men’s Shed initiative.”