Men’s Shed project will see OAPs help Crawley, says reader

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A Crawley Observer reader has welcomed the borough council’s move to start a Men’s Shed project in town.

The Crawley Community Men in Sheds Project will offer people the use of tools and resources at a weekly session in a large ‘Men’s Shed’ at Millpond Adventure Playground, Bewbush.

Council leader Peter Lamb said the programme aimed to help people with dementia who were not engaged with activities put on by the town’s day care centres.

Jeff Herbert, 70, of Wolstonbury Close, Southgate, sent this photograph of a Men’s Shed he visited in Deniliquin, Australia in 2011. He said: “People came in from miles around once a week.

“There, people bring in experience, they are able to bring ideas for the community.”

The council has advertised for a project co-ordinator for the scheme.

Its website stated the large community shed would help people carry out projects, in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment. It was a place of ‘skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects’.

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