Broughty Ferry & District Men's Shed

Building Men’s Shed To Tackle Social Isolation

The YMCA in Broughty Ferry is building a Men’s Shed as part of efforts to tackle social isolation.

The Mens Shed initiative at the YMCA Brook Street base is fully operational following a successful taster session last year.

The new group meets at the Hut, a disused building within the grounds of the YMCA.

The initiative has been created for “Older men to come along and pursue individual, group or community projects.

The Group also welcome those who just want to support others or have somewhere to go.

This helps to combat social isolation, providing informal support networks and forging new friendships and also gathers a hard to reach group together for access to community and health engagement activities that men may otherwise miss.

This is also part of the growing initiative by the YMCA to take an active role in the Broughty Ferry community by welcoming in more people.

Volunteers from Rosendael Veterans Association, which provides supported accommodation for veterans who are homeless or in need, have already helped out and completed the first task of clearing out the building and putting on a new front door.

Alex Harvey, 62, a retired engineer from the area, said he thinks the project is a great idea and is a leading light in the ongoing progress of the Group.

He said: “The fundamental principle of a shed is relaxation and alone time but as you get older this can create isolation. A men’s shed gives the opportunity to do the same things, but not alone.”