After months of hard work, the Tynedale Lions are ready to unveil the Tyne Valley’s very first Men’s Shed.

Working with community partners, Karbon Homes and the Hexham Community Partnership , the Lions are gearing up for the official launch of the first purpose-built Men’s Shed in the grounds of No. 28 Community House in Hexham, after raising over £20k in little over a year to turn the idea into a reality for the men of Tynedale.

This project is particularly special for the Tynedale Lions, as we not only raised funds for the project but we have also project managed the build and set up.

Lion’s Member and Shed Manager, John Rooke, said ““Research has shown the negative impact of isolation on wellbeing especially for some men who have retired or are unemployed. The national picture shows that Men’s Sheds in other areas of the UK have helped men to re-gain a sense of purpose and increased self-esteem, and we wanted to ensure the men of Tynedale had the same opportunity.  The Tynedale Men’s Shed is a community space for men to get together and create. It’s up to the Shedders what they want to spend their time working on, but the important part of the Shed is that it provides a space for men to have a decent cup of tea and a good chat”

The Lions are holding two open days this March inviting men from across Hexham and surrounding areas to become the first ‘Shedders’.

The open days will take place at No.28 Derwent Road, Hexham, on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th March from 10am-2pm. Follow us on Facebook: Tynedale Men’s Shed. For more information email tynedalemensshed@gmail.com or contact John on 07842 934 467