FIVE Men’s Sheds in Wicklow have been selected to participate in the ‘Sheds for Life’ community health promotion pilot program, which aims to support the physical, mental and social well-being of Men’s Sheds members.
The 10-week program will be implemented at men’s sheds in Tinahely, Roundwood, Newtownmountkennedy with Kilcoole, Bray with Greystones and the Avoca Valley.
The initiative was developed by the Irish Men’s Shed Association and is the first of its kind in the world.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this program because it encapsulates many of the core values we hold at the heart of Tinahely Men’s Shed,” said Tony Lundberg, President of Tinahely Men’s Shed.
“Support within the community for our local men and a safe environment for men to come together to share, learn and support each other.”
Sheds for Life is a men’s health program that offers life skills sessions including health checkup, physical activity, healthy eating and cooking.
On top of that, there’s a choice of additional sessions in a huge range of different areas ranging from Health Checkup, Healthy Foods Simplified, Exercise for Shedders, Ag Siúl Hangars and Mental Health and Wellness. to be in the community
Members collectively choose a minimum of two additional additional components with a variety of options including: Diabetes: Live Well, Be Well Workshop; “Hands for Life” CPR training: oral health; Cancer Awareness; safeTALK; Get dementia awareness and computer training.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact on our community and this program comes at the perfect time to help men re-engage and improve their physical and mental well-being,” Tony added.
The move comes at a particularly poignant time for Tinahely, as only two years ago their Men’s Shed was destroyed by fire.