Carving a new future for Leeds project

The Men in Sheds project is aiming to raise thousands of pounds to support its work.
The Men in Sheds project is aiming to raise thousands of pounds to support its work.
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A Leeds charity is looking to raise a shed load of cash to help expand a project that tackles loneliness among men in the city.

The Men in Sheds project, based in Holbeck, helps to support men across the city and give them the chance to craft new friendships.

The scheme aims to support men who may have experienced bereavement or health problems in a bid to tackle social isolation.

And now it is looking to raise £10,000 to help the scheme increase its opening hours to five days a week.

The sessions are free to attend and material is provided to encourage older men to try their hand at carpentry, carving and whittling.

Will Gore, manager of the project, said: “Since we opened our doors we have been inundated and the shed is really thriving.

“To the men, the shed is more than just a workshop.

“It is a space to socialise, share skills and knowledge, or just have a cup of tea and a biscuit.

“We would love to be able to open longer and carry on supporting the men to build up their self-esteem, engage in physical activity and receive the support of like-minded individuals.”

People who donate to the appeal will receive a unique handcrafted gift from the group or they will be given the chance to join in the session.

The project is run by an environmental charity Groundwork Leeds, part-funded by the Leeds Community Foundation the scheme provides a chance for older men to meet and socialise in a wood workshop.

The charity’s crowdfunding appeal has until May 5 to reach its target.

To make a pledge towards the project visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/men-in-sheds

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