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‘Men in Sheds’ Begins at Rathcoole

27 April 2015


Billy Snoddy, Chairperson of Merville House, joins Mark McGranaghan and Trevor Campbell to launch the Men in Sheds project which begins at Merville House next month. 


Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Social Sub Group has teamed up with North Belfast Partnership’s “Men in Sheds” to offer the project on a pop up basis in Newtownabbey.  This project aims to get local men involved in activities and share common interests in making and fixing things. No experience is required, just the willingness to get involved in a group. 

The project is supported by the Big Lottery Fund’s 10th birthday awards and starts on Thursday 7 May from 10am-1pm in Merville House.  For the first five weeks wood carving will take place, followed by another five weeks of willow basket making.  Following the initial ten weeks other activities will run.

Sara Barkley, Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Co-ordinator added;

“With more and more men reaching the age of retirement or not in employment we have got to think of how we cater for them.  We also need to think of how we can encourage men to look after their health.  Men are not interested in pampering days, they find fixing things therapeutic which is good for their mental health.  ‘Men in Sheds’ could give them a new lease of life.”

It is hoped that this will be the start of a new venture for men in the area with the potential of a range of different workshops including photography and painting, fishing and outings.   For further information contact: Sara Barkley T: 028 9034 0197 or email [email protected]