Sheds move online
With the temporary closure of men’s sheds across Ireland, some men’s sheds have moved online to continue to connect with one another, finding new and innovative ways to interact.
One such shed is the Waterford Estuary Men’s Shed, based in Passage East in County Waterford. Secretary Noel Shanaghy says that the group recently started a ‘virtual art group’. “We set up a WhatsApp group, and one of our members Eddie suggested these YouTube videos where an artist shows you how to paint a certain scene or what have you and they bring you through it”.
The Waterford Estuary art group had only started last autumn, but the virtual art group means that members can continue to engage with one another around their art passion. “It’s been working quite well,” Noel adds, “it means that we can all work off the same project even though we’re all in our homes doing it. When your painting is done you send a picture of it into the WhatsApp group so everyone can see”.