Information for Referrers
Men in Sheds Bexley is a community group to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing through a shared interest in woodwork and making. For those who have undergone life changing experiences such as retirement, loss of partner, changes in health, early stages of dementia, mental health problems and those who lack in self-confidence, the shed can be a sanctuary to learn new skills and meet new people.
Benefits of participating in Men in Sheds Bexley
Improves confidence and self-worth
Learning new skills
Fosters new friendships
Inclusion in local community
Gives structure to daily routine
Most importantly provides a space for fun, laughter and enjoyment!
Members are for the most part unsupervised in the shed. Therefore they need to be independent, have capacity and able to travel to the shed themselves. We take members from over the age of 50.
Staff and volunteers cannot administer any care or handling of clients, e.g. assisting use of toilet. If needed, carers or friends are welcomed to accompany a client to assist in these areas.
The wood workshop can be a dusty environment. Please bear in mind, for those with breathing problems or COPD, wood dust could be an irritant.
If you would like some guidance on whether the shed is suitable for the person you would like to refer, please get in touch with the project officer.