Men's ShedsOutside gardening space provided to support physical and mental wellbeing
Benefits of getting together with other people
Connecting with others is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, five evidence-based actions which can improve personal wellbeing. Social connectedness has a strong positive impact on both physical and mental health. Increased social connectedness is linked to reduced mortality risk, healthier lifestyles and higher cognitive functioning. Socially well-connected people are more resilient, feel more able to take charge of their lives and less stressed. Older adults that are socially connected experience increased life satisfaction.
Tree of Life Centre, Wythenshawe
Buzz, Tree of Life Centre
“Men’s Sheds are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests that people enjoy such as making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary while Men’s Sheds are about social connections and building friendships.” (Men in Sheds)
The space has been developed and provides invaluable support to the men who use the space. It also helps people to develop new skills and meet new people.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Enabling resilient communities
Increased mental wellbeing
Helping people live healthier lives
Global Council on Brain Health (2017) - The Brain and Social Connectedness
Ministry of Social Development (2018) - The measurement of social connectedness and its relationship to wellbeing
New Economics Foundation (2008) – Five ways to wellbeing
Oliver Huxhold, Martina Miche, Benjamin Schüz. (2014) Benefits of Having Friends in Older Ages: Differential Effects of Informal Social Activities on Well-Being in Middle-Aged and Older Adults, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 69, Issue 3, Pages 366–375.Umberson, D. & Montez, J. K. (2010) Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 51(S) S54–S66.
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