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Mar 2016 by PCI College

Connection Profile: Mens Sheds

CEO Barry Sheridan talks about Mens Sheds and the idea behind the Ethos of the organisation.

 

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was set up in January 2011 with the purpose of supporting the development and sustainability of Men’s Sheds on the Island of Ireland.


We have seen huge growth with over 300 Men’s Sheds now in operation throughout the island.  We estimate up to 10,000 per week are taking part in activities through Men’s Sheds".


The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation formed to share information freely between Sheds and support communities and organisations wishing to establish a Shed. The IMSA as a national organisation represents the collective issues of Men’s Sheds in Ireland.


The Irish Men’s Shed Association will work towards a future where all men have the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and well-being by participating in a community Men’s Shed.


We are a grassroots organisation and we base our actions directly as a response to the needs, as expressed by the Men of the Sheds, so that we can make it is as easy as possible for any group of men to set up and run a Men’s Shed.


Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. There has been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help. Probably because of this many men are less healthy than women, they drink more, take more risks and they suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression.

 

 

Mens Sheds Inforgraphic


Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and an active mind. Becoming a member of a Community Men’s Shed gives a man that safe and busy environment where he can find many of these things in an atmosphere of friendship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a chat and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.


Members of Men’s Sheds can come from all walks of life – the bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and they would like something meaningful to do with that time.

 

Our Work Includes:
1. Acting as an information hub for the Men’s Sheds Movement in Ireland.
2. Maintaining a website with an interactive element.
3. Hosting regular events to promote and model our vision.
4. Supporting initiatives for men that match our aims and objectives.

 

To find out more about the Irish Men’s Sheds Association visit www.menssheds.ie or contact us on 01 8916150 or info@menssheds.ie

 

Author: Barry Sheridan, CEO IMSA

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