Open day to meet the team at Birchington Man Shed – The Isle Of Thanet News
The Birchington Man Shed will hold an open house this month, marking Mental Health Awareness Week.
The shed, which was set up last year, is one of 30 across the county that provides a place for men to participate in activities and find support for physical and mental health and engagement social.
The Birchington Shed team creates social ties, mutual aid between peers, shares skills and offers support in terms of health and employment, in a non-judgmental environment. Particular attention was given to socially isolated men and those with poor mental health or well-being.
Bob Girardot, secretary of the Birchington Man Shed, said: ‘It can appeal to any man over 50, of any race, gender or background. We’re a very friendly bunch with lots of banter and sweet micky takes that usually happen when you get a bunch of guys together. We drink a fair amount of tea and once in a while a cake or cookie can be eaten!
“We handle small projects in carpentry, woodturning, electronics, model railroading, Scalextric, computers, bicycle repairs and we try to meet the wishes of general members. Sometimes they bring their own items to fix. It means a fun place full of camaraderie and friendships.
The Birchington Shed currently has 18 members and is looking to expand. It is hosting an open day on Thursday 12 May from 1.30pm to 4pm at the Birchington Scout Hut in Prospect Road.
In a few weeks, the shed team will be moving to a new home in the craft village of Quex.
Shed member Steve said: “We will be able to set up a permanent area where the carpentry benches will have lathes, scroll saws, band saws. The model railway will be out and easier to work with. The aeromodelling section will have a larger bench to be able to pin the plans. “Glass etching will have its own space, along with the other attractions we have.
“We also plan to open longer in the day than we currently do and more days in the week. It will be a much more visually interesting place but still offering the camaraderie and facilities that our members enjoy. We will also be able to increase the number of our members.
The shed team are also hosting a quiz night on May 28 at Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington.
The event runs from 7 p.m., tables of six, bring your own refreshments. Tickets cost £5 per person. Bring your own refreshments, there will also be a raffle.
Get tickets by calling 07941 752097.
Find Birchington Man Shed on facebook here
You can find out more about Kent Sheds at www.kentsheds.org