Sheds – Coming to a Town Near You!

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Sheds – Coming to a Town Near You!

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Men’s shed associations are developing all over the UK, which is great news for shed group members, meaning they can form friendships and spend many happy hours in good company. The UK Men’s Sheds Association recently appointed a National Shed Development Manager in the form of Kate Gordon. She will be entrusted with the job of managing the Ambassador Programme, which will have three main tasks, these are:-

To encourage the growth of Sheds and shed members
To help recruit and develop volunteers within the Shed network
To be active in ensuring that Sheds are sustainable through the association’s networks, promoting opportunities and forming new partnerships

Only ten days after joining the team, Kate has already jumped into projects and started actively carrying out her role. Kate is experienced in the third sector and is a passionate advocate of the concept of men’s sheds. Chief Officer of UKMSA, Charlie Bethel, welcomed Kate and feels she will prove a great asset to the association.

Charlie Bethel was appointed earlier in the year, as Chief Officer, and has lots of experience with the third sector too, working in Paralympic sport for over 20 years. In addition he is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, and a former Chief Executive of British Wheelchair Basketball.

Charlie is also a supporter of the Campaign to End Loneliness, an effort which strives to encourage connections between people of all ages and walks of life, for a healthier community. Organisations like this try to tackle social loneliness, by raising awareness within communities.

Research has discovered that loneliness can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day! Friendships and social interactions reduce the risk of developing illness, and increase life expectancy. They have also been shown to boost the speed at which we recover from illness. Shedders groups are proving extremely effective in helping many older men especially to improve their lives, and of course their health and wellbeing.

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