Thursday, 6 September 2012

Irish Men's Sheds and mental wellbeing

Discovered on twitter, I just wanted to share a positive, inspiring video from the community project, the Irish Men's Sheds association which happens to encompass everything the human givens approach stands for!

Taken from their website:

"A Men’s Shed is any community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men. Men’s sheds may look like a shed in your back yard yet they innovatively share some characteristics of both community education and health promotion projects."

 Quote from the video: "It helps you to relax your brain, you're not getting tensioned up, another thing it is is that you're not thinking about your problems, you're happier when you're working. Work is essential for mankind."


  1. Yes, I had the goos firtune to attend a course run by the Irish Mnens sheds, I live in Wales and they are wonderful community resources, they do not depend on funding and do not conform to the Social Service/Voluntary sector model of service provision. They are owned by the members. A recent research (see Irish mens shed website) has shown that 88% of the men went to the shed as a result of encouragement from a significant female in their lives. They are pro women associations.
    I am working witha friend to set up the Welsh Mensshed Association and would welcome antone who would like tpo join or support us.

  2. excuse the typos in the last comment, but you will get the gyst