Get new skills at Slamannan man shed

Provost Pat Reid did the ribbon cutting honours at the launch of the new shed in Slamannan. Picture: Michael Gillen
Provost Pat Reid did the ribbon cutting honours at the launch of the new shed in Slamannan. Picture: Michael Gillen

A shed has been opened to help improve the health and employment prospects of men in disadvantaged communities.

Charity EquipMen launched the project last week in the Braes which will give boys and young and older men a range of support to give them more chances to get into better employment, live healthier and enjoy social camaraderie.

The community project will have practical workshops on how to make healthier food, growing food, building skills, gardening and any activities those who use the shed wish to organise such as fly fishing.

The sheds are popular in Australia where they originated. There are only 15 in Scotland at the moment, but there are numerous more planned to be rolled out by EquipMen in the near future.

The charity chose Slamannan as the base for all the Braes villages after studying figures which showed it as a disadvantaged area in terms of health and inequality.

Local artist Robert Hardstaff (52), from Slamannan, is looking forward to using the facility. He said: “I think it will be a great thing, hopefully something that can drum up some community spirit.

“I think there’s lots of opportunities through the shed. I like to do murals so I could maybe do something with local school kids, teach them some art, or a club to learn how to refurbish bikes like the Dawson Bike Club.”

Development worker Vicky Grandon said: “The shed projects are proving to inspire men and give them camaraderie and opportunities to work together, learn from each other and share skills.”

The shed will be open on Wednesdays from 10am-noon and on Fridays from noon-2pm. For more information contact eva4asante@gmail.com or vickygrandon@hotmail.co.uk.