Mayfield shed project for men to benefit all

British Red Cross Community Co-ordinators
British Red Cross Community Co-ordinators

An innovative project aimed at keeping men active while giving something back to the local community is to start later this month.

Midlothian will soon have its first ‘Men’s Shed’ project, after research showed a lack of activities for men in the area. Men’s Sheds originated in Australia, bringing men together to build things. They have been successful across the world and now Scotland.

After establishing a need for such a project locally, Red Cross community co-ordinators have now secured Mayfield Pavilion as a venue for men of all ages to meet weekly from Friday, October 24, 11am-1pm.

One of the Red Cross co-ordinators Lynda McCormick said: “We hope we get a good intake and we hope to work with other organisations so the men can give something back to the community with their work.

“At our first meeting we will ask those that come along what skills they have to pass on. We would like to get retired joiners along to pass on their skills.

“We are also looking for local joiners and companies to donate tools.”

If you are interested in joining in this project in any capacity call 0131 654 0340.

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