Armagh Men’s Shed Support Macmillan
MEN’S SHEDS SUPPORT MACMILLAN
Armagh Men’s Shed are to raffle a large Wendy House as part of their fundraising drive in support of the Macmillan organisation this year. “The raffle will also include a garden love seat and a patchwork quilt and tickets will be on sale in all areas of Armagh up until the draw for prizes which will take place at our annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on the 26th Sept.” said a spokesperson.
The members of the Men’s Shed took part in a joinery course organised by the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and Southern Regional College. Under the expert guidance of tutors Gareth Mone and Darren Little the men all qualified in a CCEA Occupational Studies course Joinery 1 and 2 and decided to build the Wendy House as their way of giving something back to the community. “On behalf of the men I would like to express thanks to Doreen Lappin for organising the course and to Jerome Burns and DSD for giving it their full support” said the spokesperson, who said that as well as gaining expert joinery knowledge the course gave the older men a great confidence boost and a different focus. In fact the course was so successful that DSD are running another one in September and if you want to take part please contact 00 447763 818 393 for further information. “We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the support of Killeen Hardware and Macaris Paint Shop for supporting our Macmillan project”.
Armagh Men’s Shed is a safe welcoming place where older men can learn a new skill or pass on their own important skills or just come down and have a cup of tea and listen to the craic. We are funded by the National Lottery as part of the Connecting Older People Programme and our main emphasis is on the health and wellbeing of older men. All programmes are organised by the men themselves and some of the upcoming programmes include Art Classes, Computers for Beginners, Woodturning and Digital Photography. Our latest project is a Men’s choir and our first gig is to play for the President Michael D O Higgins at the Irish Men’s Sheds National Conference in October.