Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has praised the work of Men’s Sheds in promoting mental health awareness among men.
Speaking at the launch of the Derry Men’s Shed project in the Brandywell this morning, Ms. Anderson said;
“The men’s shed provides an excellent environment for men to come together and take part in a wide range of actives or to simply have a chat with friends.
“At times men can find it hard to discuss their feelings and as a result many struggle to cope but Men’s Sheds have found a unique way of being able to reach out to men and tackle feelings of isolation.
“It is important that we all feel valued within our community and the ethos of men’s sheds – the promotion of dignity, uniqueness and equality – demonstrates that these core values are the basis of how we should all treat each other.
“As well as raising mental health awareness, men’s sheds also provide opportunities for men to share and learn a whole range of skills.
“I have been promoting Men’s Sheds in Europe and this week I hosted John Evoy CEO of Irish Men’s Sheds, as part of a delegation to Brussels to explore opportunities for social economy groups.
“I will continue to provide groups like Men’s Sheds with access to European funding streams to ensure that the good work they do can continue and grow.”