Men’s sheds are a worldwide network dedicated to improving well-being through the provision of recreational facilities and activities. Although men’s sheds are aimed at combating social isolation in men, they are open to all members of the community.
Jan 2017 - Alford and District Men’s Shed requested the right to take on part of the old school site from Aberdeenshire Council as part of a community asset transfer, and has now been given the green light to proceed.
Generally men rarely share personal concerns about health and personal worries, often becoming depressed and insular. We want to make a change, to give men a voice, and every opportunity to forge new relationships.
Sheds are about meeting like-minded people and having someone to share your stories, skills, jokes, knowledge & worries with. We believe this environment will offer an opportunity for members to gain a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. As a by-product of all of that, locally we want to reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness, allowing people to deal with mental health challenges more easily and remain independent.
We believe our Men’s Shed is vital for our community in so many ways and as a result we want our members to manage our Shed as we hope the collective body brings about stronger feelings of fulfillment and achievement in our members. Our hope is that this will lead to better sustainability while ensuring the future of the Shed.
It is our ambition to convert the former technical department of Alford Academy into one of the best men’s sheds , and that in turn will create a community hub that will have something for everyone in the Alford district and beyond.
In 2017 the Academy community asset was transferred to the Alford & District Men's Shed......... and now the work begins!
Q - What is a Men’s Shed?
A - Men’s Sheds are community spaces to connect, converse and create. The activities are often like those of a garden shed project, but for groups to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, you can have fun & be creative.
Remember, a Shed can be whatever you want it to be.
Q - How do I join the Alford Men's Shed
A - Pop in by for a cuppa and get a tour of the grounds & facilities. Contact/Find Us
Q - What skills do I need to join the Alford Shed?
A - None, the Alford Shed welcomes you to come along and to see how we can help you improve your well-being by you getting involved. You may have your own skill/s that we don’t currently have.
Q - Who runs Men’s Shed Alford?
A- The Alford Shed is represented by a nominated committee of all ages and experience. There are no bosses at our Shed.
Q - Is the Men’s Shed just for older people?
A - No, our aim at the Alford Shed is to remove feelings of loneliness and isolation which can be dangerous for your health and well-being. We at the Alford Shed recognise that age isn’t a factor in loneliness and isolation and would encourage anyone over the age of 18 to become member.
Q - Can women go?
A - There are many Men’s
Sheds in the UK with female members, but most Men’s Sheds exist for the benefits they bring to men’s health and well-being. However, we at the Alford Shed recognise that any gender may benefit from such an environment and we would be interested to hear from you.
Q - Where can I find more information?
A - You can find more information at Scottish Men's Shed Association.
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