Research has shown that loneliness and isolation can have a negative impact on a person’s mental and physical health and their well being. As men typically find it more difficult than women to build social connections, a typical Men's Shed will encourage men to socialise by providing a suitable venue for them to meet.
At Dereham Men's Shed we combat this loneliness and isolation by providing a meeting place for men in a safe, informal environment where we can make new friends and offer mutual support. It is a place where we can socialise, chat over a cup of tea or coffee, and have the opportunity to work alongside each other.
The skills and interests of our members are many and varied and, for those who wish to, there will be the opportunity to participate in practical work. The type of work is completely up to the members but it could include, for example, getting involved in community projects, making items to sell to raise funds, or simply just working on individual craft or hobby projects. The important thing is that our meetings create an opportunity for all to benefit socially, learn or pass on skills, and most importantly, have fun.
For further information, or if you have any questions, please see our website or simply come along to one of our weekly Wednesday meetings between 2pm and 4pm at the Dereham Baptist Church, Norwich Street, Dereham, NR19 1BX.
Our meetings take place every Wednesday at the Dereham Baptist Church, 15 Norwich Street, Dereham NR19 1BX, between 2pm and 4pm. If you wish to come along and meet us, there will always be a warm welcome. Meetings usually start with a cup of tea/coffee, biscuits and chat, often followed by various activities informal or otherwise. These have included demonstrations/talks by members themselves on topics such as woodcarving and whittling (along with the opportunity to have a go!). We have also learnt more about gilding, photography, horticulture, Ireland, heraldry, and had some fun learning a little about the French language. Our most recent talk was given by one of our members who shared with us a fascinating insight into coal mining, based on his memories of working at a colliery as a 15 year old.
All members are encouraged to share skills or interests and we aim to offer the opportunity, for those who wish, to get involved in practical activities. We currently have a small group with interests in art and crafts along with a couple of members who are improving their musical skills on the guitar.
Since it started last year, Dereham Men's Shed has been fortunate enough to use space donated by a local business for its workshop. Unfortunately, the business has recalled this space and so we find ourselves looking for new workshop premises as, without a workshop, we are unable to carry out some of the group's planned activities including furniture restoration and wood turning.
We are therefore, reaching out to local organisations and companies who may have some vacant space that could be used as a workshop and would allow us to continue to fully develop as a group.
Recently, a number of our members visited Fransham Forge where they enjoyed Nigel Barnett giving a demonstration of his skills. This was followed by another well supported visit to Langham Glass, where demonstrations of its craftsmen's skills were provided. It is hoped that the occasional visit to other places of interest can be arranged throughout the coming months.