Good news for men who like to escape to the garden shed

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An innovative new concept that encourages men to meet up to share skills and interests and promote their health and wellbeing is being launched in East Dunbartonshire.

Men’s Sheds are community workshops where men can work on their own projects, socialise or take part in communal projects.

The concept first emerged in Australia about 15 years ago. It has now spread all over the world and there are 1400 Men’s Sheds worldwide, with 15 now open or being planned in Scotland.

They are particularly popular with older retired men, or those not in work. However, any man can join and take part.

Now Lenzie man Willie Whitelaw, with backing from East Dunbartonshire Council and Voluntary Action, hopes to set one up in East Dunbartonshire. He met Professor Barry Golding, the patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, where it all started, to find out more.

He said: “I first read about this idea on the internet and registered my interest, just before Christmas, on the UK Men’s Shed website.

“Research shows Men’s Sheds appeal to many older men at a time in their lives when they are experiencing big changes, or when they find themselves with time on their hands once their job comes to an end.

“Women like the idea too and they have actively assisted the spread of Men’s Sheds and played major roles in developing and championing many sheds.

“Racism, sexism, homophobia or sectarianism are not acceptable within the movement and are consistently challenged.”

To get involved email Willie at: or phone 07784 773 991.