It’s been one year since Portlethen and District Men’s Shed was set up and I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the organisers on what they have achieved so far.
The Men’s Shed model has proven to be successful across Australia where there are over 1000 in existence, and it’s journey to this side of the world should be welcomed for the inclusive community it seeks to create, and the opportunities that it offers to an older generation of men.
The real point of the charity is to promote a healthier lifestyle for older men through a range of creative and sociable activities – improving self-esteem, creating a chance to learn new skills or develop those lying dormant, overcoming feelings of isolation, and enjoying the company of others with similar interests.
Portlethen and the surrounding areas attracted many men who arrived in the 1970s and 80s to work in the oil industry. Many had migrated away from where they had grown up and now lack a local family network. This is the need that the Men’s Shed is tapping into, and one which has also been identified by local government, the NHS, and voluntary groups in the community.
There can be a lack of local activities for older men, and creating a space where nights out can be organised and there is the chance to come together is a very good thing. A lack of social activity in the older generation can lead to deterioration in health and wellbeing, and this is something that can hopefully be avoided.
As the Portlethen and District Men’s Shed hopes to grow over time and provide longer opening hours and facilities, they need our support. Happy 1st anniversary to this worthy organisation, and all the best for the future as you help to bring people together so that they can truly feel part of their community.