• Charity No. 19928 Phone No. 0818 900 800

  • Pride of Place Awards

    Congratulations to the New Ross Men’s shed and the Allotments group for winning an award at the IPB Pride of Place Awards November 2014 in the West  County Hotel Ennis.  An all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland.  The award was for  first place in the Community Health Category.

    Judges’ Citation:
    What impressed the judges in this instance was the impact this excellent community health initiative has made on so many people in the community. This is not just about benefiting a narrow cohort; it involves all age groups throughout the community in healthy activity for both body and mind. This was demonstrated on the day by really wonderful presentations and observations by the people involved. The project has the support of the council and a wide range of agencies and voluntary organizations. The link between the tandem activities of the men’s shed and the allotments makes the project a place for the whole family.

    New Ross Allotments is a project, which was initiated in 2011, to combat isolation, improve health and wellbeing, and increase the self worth and motivation of low income, unemployed and disadvantaged communities. It is a County Council led project with strong input from the New Ross Allotment Group. This group is made up entirely of allotment holders who articulate their collective view and who work to ensure that the allotment programme is a success.

    The Men’s Shed Project is based on the same site. This is a Community based, non commercial organization which is open to all men who wish to work together whilst enjoying each other’s company. The motto is “Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder”. This is an organized group which takes great pride in its work and is made up of men from various socio-economic backgrounds.