Funding boost for Carrick Men’s Shed

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Carrickfergus Men’s Shed, based at Shaftesbury Drive, has received a £760 boost from Royal Voluntary Service and the Asda Foundation.

These bodies enabled the Sheds Grant Fund to be established in 2015 to provide small scale funding to “Sheds” looking for support with set up or early stage development costs.

Paula Quigley, chief executive of Groundwork Northern Ireland, which works with Men’s Sheds Northern Ireland to help support the growth of new Sheds, said: “Sheds are fantastic social spaces for men of all ages to engage in meaningful activities while chatting to others from the area, in turn helping men of all ages taking part feel that social integration with their community.

“We are delighted to see this funding boost for Carrickfergus Men’s Shed and other Sheds across Northern Ireland as they make such a positive impact, not only for the individuals involved but also for their families and wider community.”

Abigail Hurrell, Sheds project manager at Royal Voluntary Service, added: “Typically, Sheds are community projects started by groups of people with a shared interest, for instance, traditional crafts like woodturning or creative skills like digital photography.

“We congratulate the latest round of Sheds Grant Fund winners and look forward to seeing their projects flourish.”

Annmarie Rocks, senior co-ordinator at the Asda Foundation, commented: “We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a local level and are proud to have supported this initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation, which is truly bringing people together.”

There are now 50 Sheds across Northern Ireland.

Recently, the Carrick Shed held a health promotion day.