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Inverness Men's Shed prepare for move to bigger home

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AN Inverness project making life-changing differences to men’s wellbeing is moving to a bigger home.

The Inverness Men’s Shed, which reduces social isolation, is to relocate from Gordon Terrace to a derelict pavilion in Millburn Academy’s grounds.

One of the first men’s sheds to be set up in Scotland, it has seen membership soar in the last five years to about 100 men who meet for a chat and workshops such as practical skills, writing and singing.

Founder Alan Michael said the group is finalising a lease with Highland Council for the 1930s pavilion which will be restored to provide twice the space of its former base.

“It will make an incredible difference not only to our members but our ability to do different jobs for older and disabled people as well as the community,” he said.

“We have had to turn down some people because we have not had the facilities to do some of the work.

“From the end of January, we should be able to deal with all sort of things such as replacing light bulbs, or door handles, which are so important to older people.”

Mr Michael said the group was vital for helping to reduce loneliness.

“It is somewhere for men to come instead of just sitting at home watching the TV, or going to the pub or the bookies,” he said.

“They can come along to the shed for a blether, meet old friends and make new friends, and discuss all aspects of what is going on the world and feel better as a result.”

The group will resume on Tuesday, January 7 with an open session between 10am and noon.

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