Ballinamore Men's Shed helping to break down social isolation

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Ballinamore Men's Shed helping to break down social isolation

Pictured are Topline ambassador Donnacha O’Callaghan with Co. Leitrim Men’s Shed volunteer, Pat Monaghan, Ballinamore.

Four members of the Ballinamore Men’s Shed attended the largest gathering of Men’s Sheds in the world in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on September 12 last.

The shed is now up and running since 2013. It operates in the Old Vocational School and they are grateful to the ETB for the use of same.

They meet up every Wednesday evening between 7 and 10pm, please feel free to come along for a chat and a cuppa.
The main purpose of the Men’s Shed is to break down the social isolation that exists for an awful lot of men.

Men aren’t very good at communicating sometimes and were not very good at knowing where to go to meet new people or to connect with our community.

For a lot of men, the Shed is that safe and secure environment where they feel okay to do that.

They often joke that the most important tool in any shed is the kettle so that’s where the lads will sit around and chat.
As part of the Healthy Ireland initiative, the sheds in Leitrim were chosen and all members received a health check, a mental health talk and encouragement to exercise.

They participated in cycling during the summer and would like to thank the Sports Partnership in Leitrim County Council for supporting them. They would also like to thank Seamus Gibbons for providing the bikes.

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