Survey looks at setting up Men’s Sheds for Northumberland

18 Mar 2016

Northumberland County Council’s Deputy Business Chair and Age UK Northumberland have joined forces to explore the idea of setting up Men’s Sheds in Newbiggin, Lynemouth and Hirst.

The idea behind the scheme is to create a social space where men can meet and chat as they pursue a range of practical interests such as woodwork, photography, creative writing, cooking or painting.

Now the council is going to test the water with a ‘Men in Sheds’ questionnaire to see what the appetite is for such a project and what kind of activities local men would like to see included.
 
The survey, part of an ongoing effort to tackle loneliness and isolation in male residents, coincides with new research by Care UK which has revealed that more than two million Brits feel trapped in their homes.

Councillor Liz Simpson, Deputy Business Chair of Council and member for Newbiggin Central and East, said: “The idea of Men’s Sheds came over from Australia a number of years ago and has become very popular with men in communities across the UK.
 
“These are great places where men can get together, keep themselves busy, active and socially engaged, and in some cases break the cycle of isolation that we know affects a large number of people in our society.  

“It’s something we are very keen to explore further but first we’d like to hear from potential service users to find out what kind of activities people would appreciate and value – and we would also like to hear from people who could potentially help to launch and run a project.”
 
The questionnaire can be picked up at a wide range of community venues including health centre and libraries, in Newbiggin, Lynemouth and Hirst.

Download your survey here. 

Relatives are just as welcome to fill it in on somebody else’s behalf, or it can be downloaded and returned by email to publichealth@northumberland.gov.uk
 
For further information, please contact the council’s Public Health team on 01670 620 143.