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Wigan Mens Shed

Wigan Men's Sheds offers a place for Men who may be Socially Isolated to meet and pursue practical interests. Members can share tools and resources, work on their own projects and at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. Activities can include Woodworking, Gardening, Model Engineering, Tool Renovation, or simply se the group as a social activity.

11 July 2016
North West
Community organisations, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Wigan Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Mens Sheds will allow people to control their own lives, attend servives that are designed around themselves and feel part of the community and have a sense of belonging.  By allowing people to get out of social isolation and involved in community projects, people will feel better health and welling, plus contribute to helping others in the community

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The main challenge is sourcing volunteers that are willing to support in the running of the project.  As the Mens Sheds relies on using machinery there is a need to have skilled people on site during activities to allow an environment to be created that is safe for attendees.

2. Actions

  • Reduce Social Isolation

    Mens Sheds will adhere to reduce social isolation by providing a weekly 'Sheds' environment to allow Men living with dementia to come along every week and relax in a friendly environment


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    The group has been meeting since March and hire Platt Bridge Community Centre.  So far we have had 8 men attend although only 4 are regular members who attend weekly.  A few people have left the group as there is a lack of skilled volunteers available to provide one to one support with service users when needed

  • Develop Skills

    Part of the serivce will be to allow Men to develop or showcase their skills in gardening / woodwork etc and to attend and make their own items such as Bird Boxes etc

    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    A number of products have been made by the members, such as Bird Boxes and Planter boxes, with some members attending to make products that they want to make for home purposes. 

  • Trade for Sustainability

    To allow for a sustainable enterprise, many of the items made by the members attending weekly are taken to local gala and community events for sale.  Not only is this allowing for income to sustain the group, but also allows the members to feel part of their community and interact with local people

    Being implemented