Oswestry Mens Shed are glad to be celebrating the five years since it’s inception and the progress that it has made over that time. We feel that we have catered well in combatting the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing.
Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, and unlike women of a similar age, less older men have networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and personal worries. It is not the case for all men, but for some, when retirement comes, it can feel like personal identity and purpose is lost. Men’s Sheds can change all of that and we have done our best to fulfil these objectives.
Having said that, we could not have done this without the incredible support of The Oswestry Showground and its board of Trustees in providing the location that we presently occupy. As an agricultural society they understand the problems within their industry.
Suicide rates are higher amongst those working in specific agricultural roles such as harvesting crops and rearing animals. “It is extremely concerning that more than one farmer a week takes their own life in the UK. Mens Sheds in the rural community Aims to get as many people as possible talking about their problems.
"Taking small steps such as checking in on someone or providing a venue where a listening ear can be a lifeline for someone who is experiencing difficulties.”
This is why we, as the members of ‘Oswestry Mens Shed’ would like to offer a big thank you to the ‘ Oswestry Showground’ for their ongoing understanding and help in our venture.