Photo Caption: Pictured from left are Dan, Noel, Lisa (Project Officer), Rodney, John Dawson (Comber Rotary Past President) and Harry.

Comber Rotary Present New Equipment to Downpatrick Men’s Sheds

Under the umbrella of Action Mental Health (AMH), Men’s Sheds seek to promote positive mental health among retired, redundant, disabled or otherwise unemployed men who may be at risk of being socially isolated and hence becoming depressed.

The organisation seeks to provide a space in communities where men aged 50+ can find meaning, friendship and belonging, offering a place with a relaxed atmosphere in which men may come together to enjoy each other’s company and engage in recreational activities such as woodcarving, furniture repair, painting and other activities.

Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting with friends, maintaining an active body and an active mind. Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where shedders can find many of these things. Also, importantly, there's no pressure; men can just come and have a chat and a cuppa if that's all they’re looking for.

The Downpatrick shed is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They are a very contented group, and are delighted with the drills and sander that Comber Rotary funded for them. Recently they have been concentrating on Christmas items, which are sold in the community – proceeds are reinvested in the Shed. Over 60 men are catered for in total in Downpatrick, although approximately 20 may be present on a given day.

Rotary is the world’s largest community Service organisation and in keeping with its motto of ‘’Service above Self’’ Rotarians in Comber have provided Downpatrick Men’s Shed with new sanders and drills with which to continue their activities. The new equipment was handed over by Past presidents John Dawson and Evelyn Dermott at the Shed on Tuesday 19th December 2017.

Story by: JD


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