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MEN’S SHEDS – TRANSFORMING LIVES ACROSS IRELAND

Above is a short video outlining the benefits of men’s sheds for those who may not be familiar with the concept, or with the success of the movement in Ireland. Why not send it to someone who might benefit from attending a shed?

Our thanks to Kilbeggan Men’s Sheds, Ballyfermot Men’s Shed, Armagh Men’s Shed, Newtownmountkennedy Men’s Shed and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

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MEN’S HEALTH WEEK – JUNE 12th to JUNE 18th
Men’s Health Week runs from Monday June 12th to Sunday June 18th. Men’s Health Week is a global annual event focused on improving of men’s health and fitness issues, both mental and physical. Men’s sheds play a huge role in improving the health and wellbeing of their members, and, as a result, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association is participating fully in the week, in conjunction with its many partners in the health sector.

For more information on Men’s Health Week, please visit http://www.mhfi.org/mhw/about-mhw.html. Keep a close eye on the Irish Men’s Sheds Association’s Facebook page for further updates, and follow the hash-tag #MHW2017 via and our Twitter page.

MINISTER CORCORAN KENNEDY LAUNCHES “SHEDS FOR LIFE” 

Monday May 29th was a landmark day for men’s sheds in Ireand, as our flagship health and wellbeing initiative “Sheds for Life” was launched by Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion, at Belmont Men’s Shed in Co. Offaly. Sheds for Life is being developed in partnership with HSE Ireland and a range of other partners, including Irish Heart Foundation, See Change, Get Ireland Walking, Haven Pharmacy, Diabetes Ireland and Siel Bleu Ireland. For a full list of partners, see http://menssheds.ie/sflpartners/.

At the launch, the Minister, who grew up locally, expressed her support and enthusiasm for the initiative. The launch was also attended by Fergal Fox, General Manager, HSE Ireland, Health Promotion and Improvement Dublin Mid-Leinster, who hailed the initiative as a major step forward for men’s health in Ireland: “The HSE has worked with Men’s Sheds for a number of years. Supporting men’s health and wellbeing is a part of our work under both our plan to implement ‘Healthy Ireland’ and within the ‘Connecting for Life’ Suicide Strategy. HSE Health Promotion & Improvement are working on many initiatives targeting men’s health and this partnership with the IMSA supports real engagement of men at community level.”

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was represented by CEO Barry Sheridan, Chairman George Kelly and Health & Wellbeing Coordinator Edel Byrne, who has overall responsibility for the Sheds for Life initiative. Addressing a crowd of shedders from throughout Offaly, Edel noted that ““We know from academic studies, as well as our own shedders’ experiences, that men’s sheds naturally promote better mental and physical health. The support of the HSE and our other partners will allow us to take things to the next level. Through Sheds for Life, we can offer our sheds tailored programmes and resources that match their needs. The initiative will be developed in full partnership with the sheds themselves. There are men’s sheds all over the world, but this level of government support makes Ireland a world leader in delivering better health outcomes for men through the medium of sheds”.

Sheds for Life will deliver health and wellbeing supports, resources and programmes to almost 350 men’s sheds throughout Ireland, reaching at least 10,000 men. For more information on Sheds for Life, contact Edel Byrne on 087 621 5505, email edel@menssheds.ie or visit: http://menssheds.ie/shedsforlife/

IMSA WELCOME EVA BEIRNE AS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

MAY 17th: The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is delighted to welcome Eva Beirne as its new National Volunteer Coordinator. Eva started in her role this week, and is already hard at work overseeing the roll-out of our Shed Support Volunteer programme.

Eva will be a familiar face to many shedders, having previously served on the IMSA board. She was previously a shed support coordinator for the North East region, based out of Dundalk, Co. Louth.

Eva says “I’m delighted to be starting in this new role. The Shed Support Volunteer programme will build on the work previously done by our Advocates to connect sheds with one another and with the IMSA. I’m looking forward to working with volunteers throughout Ireland to build even stronger connections and make sure that every shedders’ voice is heard at national level”.

Anyone wishing to contact Eva can reach her on 085 889 5471 or email her at eva@menssheds.ie

“THE KERRYMAN” – 16-PAGE SUPPLEMENT ON MEN’S SHEDS

APRIL 5th: This week’s edition of  Kerry’s premier local newspaper, The Kerryman, features sixteen pages on Kerry men’s sheds. The supplement also includes contributions from IMSA CEO Barry Sheridan, Chairman George Kelly and Health & Wellbeing Coordinator Edel Byrne. It makes a great collectors’ item for anyone involved in a shed, so get it now!

HAVEN PHARMACY AND IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSSOCIATION ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

The men’s sheds movement has received a further boost with the news that IndePharm is to team up with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association in a multi-year partnership.

The IndePharm group of pharmacies is well-known in towns and villages throughout Ireland under its brand name of Haven Pharmacies. All members of the IndePharm co-operative are working pharmacists embedded in their own local communities – many for generations.

Read more about this exciting new partnership here.

IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION WINS 2017 AONTAS STAR AWARD

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association has been honoured at the 2017 Aontas Star Awards, which recognises achievement in adult and community learning. The IMSA received the Social Inclusion award for the small/medium organisation category.

The award is a tribute to the co-operative, skills-sharing ethos of Irish sheds and shedders, which was recognised as an outstanding example of community-focused training by National Adult Learning Organisation. Congrats to everyone in every shed throughout Ireland – this award is for you.

Shed Resour

Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulderBarry Goulding
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was set up in January 2011 with the purpose of supporting the development and sustainability of Men’s Sheds on the Island of Ireland. We are a charity focused on supporting a grass-roots network of sheds, workshops and meeting places for men of all ages across the whole of Ireland.

The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation formed to share information freely between Sheds and support communities and organisations wishing to establish a Shed. The IMSA as a national organisation represents the collective issues of Men’s Sheds in Ireland.

The Irish Men’s Shed Association will work towards a future where all men have the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and well-being by participating in a community Men’s Shed. To learn more about us and what we do, explore the site through the links above.

What is a Men’s Shed?

A Men’s Shed is a place where all men, regardless of age, background, or ability:

• Are respected, valued and belong, and can comfortably use and pass on their practical skills and knowledge.
• Learn through doing stuff together – each man is a teacher and a learner, each having different levels of skills, professional and practical, to share collectively.
• Can come together and help out in their communities.
• Can just come and have a chat and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.
• Can talk about things that are important to them, and can improve their own wellbeing by keeping physically, mentally and socially active.

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