MEN IN SHEDS
We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council Senior Housing, Brighton College, Sussex Partnership Trust and Equal Arts.
A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden — a place where he feels at home and can pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. Fabrica has been developing an older audience for a long time, however men where a demographic that had not been specifically dealt with before.
Our Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work. Activities provide structure and companionship but without emphasis on discussion of mental wellbeing. This approach can be described as ‘shoulder to shoulder’ rather than ‘face to face’.
‘To be able to come to the shed and work and help others gives me a great deal of satisfaction. I feel a sense of worth and love the way all the men work together.’ — Gerry, Men’s Sheds participant
The projects Men in Sheds complete are either personal or are commissioned by other organisations or businesses on occasion, one example being them building large peg looms for Fabrica’s Textile Flow workshop, to help visually impaired participants. Other examples include: repaired damaged donation box for Fabrica following burglary, built shelving for resident at Leach Court, repaired the table in the computer room at Patching Lodge, built bird boxes, insect hotels and bird tables for the Brooke Meade Seniors Housing scheme in collaboration with Brighton College, currently replacing damaged covers for floor sockets at Fabrica gallery.
To date, we have provided 1153.5 hours of contact time for 164 individuals: We have had 476 overall attendances at our Kemptown Men in Sheds and have welcomed 20 organisations to visit the site.
We are working in Kemptown, Brighton, currently based at Leach Court, Park Street and Brighton Youth Centre, Eastern Road. We also do frequent outings to Brighton College, Eastern Road.
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