Tandridge Launch 'Men in Sheds' scheme

On Tuesday 4 February at 1.30pm, the Men in Sheds Project at the Douglas Brunton Centre, Caterham will be launched by the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Beverley Connolly.

Men in Sheds aims to bring together older men looking for companionship and a hobby. It’s about friendship, fun and getting out of the house.

A special wooden workshop has been built in the grounds of the Centre. Volunteers have been busy setting up the project, fitting out the workshop and gathering donations of equipment and materials.  The workshop is for men to use to socialise and carry out DIY activities, such as making garden containers, coffee tables, bird tables and boxes and other small items.

The centre is looking for more volunteers who have an interest in or experience of sourcing tools, woodwork, design, marketing, fundraising, or who could supervise sessions.

If you are interested in helping out, or just want to find out more call Stella Banks on 01883 347230, e-mail dbc@tandridge.gov.uk, or call Paul Gregory on 01883 347381.

Councillor Simon Ainsworth, Chairman of the Housing Committee, said: “We hope this new initiative will encourage local men to meet up and make new friends. Similar Men in Sheds projects in other parts of the country have been hugely successful in bringing men together in a relaxing, social environment and has made a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.”

Tandridge District Council would like to thank the Caterham Rotary Club and Caterham Harestone Rotary Ladies for their donations which have helped buy tools.