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  • How are shared ‘sheds’ cultivating a sense of community?
  • How are shared ‘sheds’ cultivating a sense of community?
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Men’s Sheds: social spaces to tackle loneliness

The passing of time may bring people wisdom, but it can also bring a sense of isolation. With men often less willing to openly discuss mental health matters, the UK Men’s Sheds Association provides spaces in which older blokes can bond and build, all the while overcoming their loneliness.

Location United Kingdom

Scope
A shed at the bottom of the garden is a long-established part of British culture. But while its enduring image is often one of blissful solitude, research from the University of Bristol and Age UK suggests that what many older men require most is social connection to avoid feeling ‘excluded, overlooked and cut off’. With the number of over-50s suffering from loneliness projected to reach two million by 2025/6 – representing a 49% increase from 2016/17 – Men’s Sheds is taking the trusted shed and transforming it into a space for community workshops. [1]

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