The link-up between Sligo Men’s Shed Association and the local Acquired Brain Injury service has proven to be a fruitful one.

 

Located near the grounds of the home of the Bishop of Elphin at St. Mary’s in the centre of Sligo, the Men’s Shed group has been a welcoming work place for those overcoming brain injuries.

A strong bond has developed between the two groups.

The Men’s Shed is open six days a week and has in the region of 35 members, 15 of whom would be active. On a couple of days a week the Men’s Shed hosts three to four people with acquired brain injuries.

“We teach them woodwork and they find it enjoyable,” says James Darwin, vice chairman of Sligo Men’s Shed.

They would also lend a hand on some of the smaller projects.

James and his crew are justifiably proud of the manner in which they have converted the various buildings but also the link up through the HSE with the Acquired Brain Service.

“We have been involved with the service from the beginning and over the past couple of years the bond has grown stronger,” says James.

Finbar Cregg, rehabilitation assistant paid tribute to the Men’s Shed for their support.

“The members of the Men’s Shed from the acquired brain injury service have been treated fantastically well. Our clients have been encouraged to get involved in the various projects. “This certainly helps them on their road to recovery,” says Finbar.

The Men’s Shed opted to take part in a Grow-vember to raise funds for the acquired brain injury service locally.

The big shave-off took place last Friday.

Well known Sligo town barber, Alfie Mahon on hand to trim the locks, beards and moustaches.

There was even a couple of complete head shaves as well.

Apart from James, others involved included Bernard McGee, Peter McGinty, Brendan Donegan and Anthony Fallon.

Some €200 has been raised so far but the final tally will be much more according to James.

He explains that everything from tea money to the few euro they would make from the odd repair was set aside for the fundraiser.

Thanks to the Sligo Champion for this article!

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