The Men’s Shed is a popular global movement that started in Australia where there are now over 1,000 in existence and is becoming more and more popular in Ireland where the number is close to 300 and growing.
Why a Shed?
Men have particular needs and ways of doing things. They like to be productive and to contribute to those around them but they still like to talk and often, to be doing something at the same time. The Shed is a space for talk and fun. Practical skills and knowledge can be exchanged. Something useful can be going on that will contribute to a local community need, while the participants of the Shed experience an improvement in their own well-being by keeping physically, mentally and socially active. There are benefits all round.
Who is the Shed for?
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 new friendships. New members are always welcome and can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone, as the men have ownership of the projects and decide their own program of events.
Why is this important?
With the end of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland men were more likely to be unemployed as the construction industry took a downturn and businesses failed. Research shows that men tend to be more isolated than women; they have poorer health outcomes and are more likely to die from suicide and other preventable causes. They are less likely to talk about their problems or seek help and yet most services are not male friendly. Most men have learned from our culture that they shouldn’t talk about feelings and emotions. There has been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their own health and wellbeing.
Because men don’t often make a fuss about their problems, these problems have consistently been either ignored or swept under the carpet by both our health system and our modern society. The Men’s Shed movement is a powerful tool in providing men with a space to socialize that is an alternative to the pub and also provides a space.
The IPC is looking for a premises in the Dorchester area to house the first Men’s Shed in Boston. Any men interested in the project are welcome to contact us at 617-265-5300.
Irish Pastoral Centre
15 Rita Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
General Email: Info@ipcboston.org