Aboyne meeting on Men’s Shed

The Mens Shed in Westhill, more information can be found at www.menssheds.org.uk
The Mens Shed in Westhill, more information can be found at www.menssheds.org.uk

A meeting will be held in Aboyne next week to gauge the level of interest in establishing a Men’s Shed.

There are more than eight Men’s Sheds in Aberdeenshire in various stages of development but this is the first possible one outside Banchory along the A93 to Ballater route to continue the expansion in the area.

Aboyne and Upper Deeside Rotary Club has initiated a community consultation with a public presentation by Jason Schroeder, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action Men’s Shed development officer.

It will take place at Aboyne Bowling Green clubhouse on Thursday, April 28, from 7.30pm until 9pm.

The meeting will be aimed at finding out if there is interest in such a development in the village and surrounding area.

The Men’s Shed concept started in Australia in the 1990s where it was identified that retired men, ex-servicemen, men out of work, and those with disabilities who have “time” on their hands can become bored and isolated, often leading to an early death.

The Shed is essentially a place where men of all ages can gather to relax and socialise, combined with the opportunity of making, restoring or repairing something.