New Men’s Shed in Fife

Fife Express Group have several groups giving people things to do
Fife Express Group have several groups giving people things to do

A community group in St Andrews are preparing a new scheme that is aiming to improve the physical and mental health of elderly people.

Fife Express Group are set to open a Men’s Shed in St Andrews, to help combat isolation and loneliness that can be common among older people.

The shed is in the town’s Kinburn Tennis Clubhouse and opened on Thursday, April 21 and will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings - starting on April 26 - at 10am.

It is aimed at older gentlemen who have retired or not working, and provides a place where they can find companionship.

Jill Anderson from the Fife express Group said that a Men’s Shed can “provide its members with a meeting place to share both the technical and social skills to develop a safe and happy environment where men are welcome to work on a project of their choice - perhaps wood or metal working, art, undertaking repair work it just sitting with others over a cuppa.

“A Men’s Shed is a place where the only ‘must’ is to observe safe working practices and all in a spirit of friendships.

“Good health is based on many factors and is not just about being free of physical illness. The shed provides a place where members can share experiences, and offer mutual support - safe places in which folk can relax.”

Fife Express Group have several projects in place throughout north-east Fife to give people things to do, and are supported by Pret A Manger in St Andrews, who donate their end of day stock for the Gardening Group.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Henry Paul on 07977131635.

Other sheds in Fife include: the Castle Furniture Motorvators Shed, Cupar; the Tool Shed, Kinghorn, and the Benarty Shed, Croshill.

The Ecology Centre run the Kinghorn one and Caslte Furniture Projects runs Cupar’s.

Men’s Sheds have taken off lately across Scotland as a way for older people to meet in a unique fashion that is said to be good for the mental and physical health of elderly people.

The name shed is something of a misnomer; the people don’t necessarily meet in a shed. They can take place in sheds as well as garages or public halls, anywhere that has enough space.

It is based on a Australian concept - there are now over 900 in the Oceanian country.