BROMSGROVE’S Men In Sheds scheme – aimed at combating loneliness and social isolation in older people – has been given a boost by developer Barratt Homes.
The house-builder renewed its sponsorship through the Shed Share Scheme.
Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest (BRWF) launched its annual Shed Share Sponsorship Scheme in 2018 to help support the cost of running and developing the much-valued group.
For £100, local businesses and organisations can sponsor a ‘Shed Share’ for a year, receiving in return a Shed Share certificate and their support recognised in a variety of ways by Age UK BRWF and the Shedders.
The Shed – set up in 2015 in The Craft Centre at Stoke Prior before moving to its current larger premises on the Metal and Ores Industrial Estate in 2016 – provides a space where anybody, including men or women, can work on DIY projects or furniture reclamation. It provides fun, activities and a sense of camaraderie and community spirit.
Jo Hughes, from Age UK BRWF, said the charity was so grateful for the developer’s continued support for the scheme, adding from the calls they received, the Bromsgrove Men In Sheds was needed more than ever.
“But without the support of local businesses and the community, the group would not be able to continue, so thank you Barratt Homes.”
Tanya Silk, Barratt Homes West Midlands’ sales director, said it was important for the firm to support and improve the communities where it built its properties, through collaborations with organisations and charities in the area.
“That’s why we were delighted to continue our support for Men in Sheds with this donation and ultimately, aid the maintenance and development of the charity.”
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