In 2011 Clúid residents came together in Carrigtwohill and Newmarket, Co. Cork to join an international movement and establish Men’s Sheds in their community. Men’s Sheds are inclusive, friendly environments for men to work together on meaningful projects. The key purpose is to advance health and well-being in an Ireland that provides little encouragement for men to talk about their emotions or ask for help. Men’s Sheds combat loneliness, isolation and depression, through involvement in productive and valuable community projects.
John O'Sullivan, Clúid's Housing Officer in Cork talks through the purpose of the Men's Shed:
"Carrigtwohill and Newmarket, like a lot of small towns in Ireland, really only had one place for men to enjoy a bit of company - the pub. We found there was a lot of community activity for women, such as coffee mornings and social groups, and, while men are welcome to these, most don't feel comfortable in such a setting. We wanted to offer the men something else, something more constructive because, after all, men are happiest when they're tinkering with an old engine or seeing a broken piece of furniture come back to life.
"The Men's Shed is a place where they can feel good about themselves, by being productive and working on projects that are of value to the community. It's a place where men can enjoy the craic and a joke in a spirit of comradeship."
He added: "Men don't talk face to face. The Men's Shed offers them a place where they can talk shoulder to shoulder."
Find our more about Clúid's Men's Shed in this video or click here to view on YouTube: