Here in Hospital FRC, over the past number of years a number of different activities were run in order to bring together and develop a men only group. On Monday nights a number of men undertook computer classes and on Thursdays a furniture restoration course took place in the woodwork room at Youthreach in Hospital. These courses provide participants with valuable skills and promote their interest in activities for leisure time and as additional working skills. The ethos of HFRC is to bring people together for a number of purposes and amongst these aims is companionship.
Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and an active mind. Becoming a member of any group, class or indeed a men’s shed can give a man a safe and busy environment where he can find many of these things in an atmosphere of friendship without pressure.
- A Men’s Shed is a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities.
- Men’s Sheds are open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. It is a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills and develop your old skills.
- New members are always welcome and can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone as the men have ownership of their Shed and projects and decide their own program of events.
- An objective of Men’s Sheds is to enhance or maintain the well-being of the participating men.
To find out more about Men’s Sheds or to find a location near you, click here : Men’s Sheds
They also have a facebook page, which can be found here : https://www.facebook.com/Irishmensshedassociation/
Men’s Development Networks
Their Mission Statement ”Better Lives for Men, Better lives for all” informs the progressive, changing effect of their work on men, their families, communities & society.
This is based on their belief that supporting change in men has an impact on their relationships, family, community and society.
Their work in alliance with women’s organisations and recognise their contribution to making a better world for all. It is their wish to continue and support this work, particularly with men.
The remit presently covers a local, regional and national spread. There have also been international contacts made.It has developed with the assistance of government funding. Central to the development has been the formation of a network of national representatives.
Since 2002 MDN, through its Men’s Health Programme, has been actively involved in promoting key health and well-being themes with and on behalf of men, through its range of community development work and training across Ireland. The focus of all of all its work is based on a strengths/salutogenic orientation towards awareness raising, signposting and supporting positive behaviour change. To access the website for Men’s Health Ireland, click here : http://www.menshealthireland.ie/