In case you missed it, June 14th – 20th 2021 was Men’s Health Week! Our Health and Wellbeing committee decided to take part in the Men’s Heath Forum CAN DO challenge over the course of the week by carrying out the five ways to wellbeing. The CAN DO Challenge | Men’s Health Forum.
The five ways to wellbeing are five small things we can all do that are scientifically-proven to help us feel better. Read on to find out a little bit more about the work of our volunteer Health and Wellbeing Committee before seeing what they got up…
Did you know that our volunteer Health and Wellbeing Committee work behind the scenes with UKMSA to produce health and wellbeing related resources, online content, and influence the health focuses of UKMSA, based on what they hear from Shedders on the ground?
The members of our Health and Wellbeing Committee are Shed Ambassadors Paul Egerton, Patrick Abrahams, Colin Porter and Shed Leader and retired GP, Dr Chris Manning.
Find out how they got on with the CAN DO challenge…
The five ways are:
Connect – connect with other people (eg. call an old friend you haven’t since before lockdown) #connectmonday
(Be) Active – move your body (eg. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc) #activetuesday
Notice – take notice of the environment around you (eg. turn off your phone for an hour) #noticewednesday
Discover – learn something new (eg. read a book you haven’t read before) #discoverthursday
Offer (or give) – do something for someone else (eg. volunteer for a local community group) #offerfriday
Chris connected with Shed members over WhatsApp and was also in touch with two people experiencing mental health issues.
Patrick rang an old friend – “Not spoken to him since November last year. He is housebound living with MS – I had a long chat – He uses a lot of assistive technology to live. On the call, he taught me how to make free calls over IP via Alexa. I have known him for nearly 50 years – One of the most positive people I know. I’m not sure I helped his mental health, but the call certainly helped mine!”
Chris replied to a generous offer of tools, following a person’s death, and had a positive exchange with their relative by email.
Chris completed a 5000 step walk in Bushy Park and mended and cleaned a petrol lawnmower for a friend.
Chris also discussed with a Church of England Reverend a new initiative to encourage and provide healthy exercise and game activities.
Patrick’s Shed, The Frome Men’s Shed took part in the launch of the Frome “Town of Names”. The goals are that by wearing a name badge we will feel more connected with one another and able to start more conversations. We hope that by knowing each other’s name we will improve our feelings of connection. The world will feel like a friendlier place full of people we know…. and it works! Eight Shedders turned up, but we were really pleased to see three Shedders we have not met up with since March 2020 – We met up outside the Frome Library to join with Health Connections Mendip to support the launch of the Town of Names – All filmed by a Swedish TV crew (TV4).
Colin is now able to get back to his college workshops to continue his metal work. He had a sculpture installation performance at the weekend.
We’re excited to bring you the news that Men’s Shed have partnered with easyfundraising!
easyfundraising is a free fundraising website that you, your fellow Shedders and Shed supporters can use to help raise money for your Shed, simply by doing Christmas and Black Friday shopping online with thousands of retailers like Wickes, Screwfix, eBay, Just Eat, Amazon, eBay & M&S.
It takes two minutes to register your Shed, it’s completely free and then you’re all set to go.
Once you’ve signed up, don’t forget to access yourfree fundraising toolkit. It’s full of free resources to help you communicate to your Shedders and supporters in your community that they can raise money for your Shed, simply by shopping online with easyfundraising.
This is a really great time to get started!
Join groups like Men in Sheds West Bletchley who have already raised over £155 with easyfundraising. Paul said – “easyfundraising provides a useful way for Shed supporters to help with our fundraising. It doesn’t cost supporters to use and a percentage of their online purchases comes to the Shed in the form of a quarterly payment directly to our bank well-known high-street names like John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Wickes and many others will all pay a percentage of the transaction value which benefits the Shed. I thoroughly recommend it.”Give your Shed a big funding boost this Christmas, sign-up today!
We featured an article in Shoulder to Shoulder 053 – July from Martin Young from Dunstable Men’s Shed, who travelled around Australia and New Zealand, starting in November 2018, visiting Sheds along the way.
Martin shared that there were several things he learned from the Sheds he stopped off at, and he has now developed a blog for those looking to read more about his journey and experiences with those Sheds.