Local MSP Applauds Midlothian’s Men’s shed

Friday March 20th 2015

Colin Beattie MSP at ML Men's Shed

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, today visited the Midlothian Community’s Men’s Shed and was greatly impressed by the initiative.

The Men’s Shed concept began in Australia over 10 years ago, where the motto became: ‘Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder.’ The Sheds allow men the opportunity to work on projects that help the community, as well as share, learn, and swap skills and ideas. They also offer an inclusive and relaxed space for men to socialise with people in their own communities.

Based at Mayfield Bowling Pavilion, the Midlothian Community Men’s Shed meets every Friday between 9.30-11.30am. Membership is aimed at men of all ages and backgrounds, so anyone can drop in to see what’s going on in the Shed.

Colin Beattie MSP said: ‘I’m really impressed by the Shed. Everything about it, from the people themselves to the projects they take on, is truly inspiring.

‘The benefits the Shed provides are substantial on a number of levels. The opportunities for social inclusion and integration are clear, and the quality of work being done as a result of the combined skills and experience of the men is extremely high.

‘I absolutely applaud this initiative and would encourage anyone thinking about going to pop in next Friday.’

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