New men’s shed will help reduce isolation in Dundee

Alex Harvey with the group.

A new community project will bring older men together to work on practical projects, socialise and share skills.

Broughty Ferry Men’s Shed held its grand opening on Wednesday.

The YMCA gave the group the use of a derelict hut in its Brook Street grounds, and helped it secure funding from the MOD Fund for wood and metal working tools and equipment.

Volunteers have now transformed the building, installing heating, windows, doors and a kitchen and creating a workshop space and IT area.

The project is also being supported by Age Scotland and Rosendael Veterans Association. It also received donations from local organisations, businesses and individuals.

It is part of a growing movement of “shedders”. The first Scottish Men’s Shed was set up in Aberdeenshire in 2013 and there are now more than 100 nationwide.

Alex Harvey, a retired engineer and chairman of the shed, said: “We want to deal with isolation and bring people into the community.

“This can particularly affect people who have been bereaved, retired, or made redundant.”

The shed will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am-3.30pm.

It asks only donations from attendees, and it is fully accessible to people with disabilities. About 35 people have already expressed an interest.

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