One of East Cork’s most progressive organisations for wellbeing is appealing for help in securing a new building. The newly formed Midleton Men’s Shed are hoping that the business and local community will help secure for them a shed or empty property where they can meet on a regular basis.
The group currently meets twice weekly at the Edmund Rice Centre in Rosary Place. However, the facility is not big enough to cope with the huge demand on its services. The men meet each Tuesday and Friday from 11:30am – 1:30pm where they have shared access to a shed and canteen, which means few men can work at any one time.
The Catholic Church have offered the use of a yard on site, but the Men’s Shed need to provide their own cabin and equipment. Bill O’Leary, Group Secretary, Midleton Men’s Shed, says they have big ideas and big plans and, while they get a lot of support and positive feedback, in reality they are homeless. “We meet only twice a week at the moment but, if we had a shed and key pad, the guys could come in whenever they want. We have enough money to kit it out, but if we were to pay for a shed that would put a strain on our resources.”
Men’s Sheds are an International Mental Health Initiative allowing men to share their skills and make new friends, in an effort to tackle issues such as loneliness, social isolation and mental health issues. Further details can be obtained from Bill O’Leary c/o Edmund Rice Centre Rosary Place Midleton