Ian (80 years)
" I heard about the Shed through one of my neighbours. It was about two years ago, just after my wife had died, Covid had just about finished. A Men’s Shed is mainly for men interested in practical things, who may be lonely and want to connect with other men. It gives people something to do in their lives.
Bob (81 years)
" I’ve been involved with Letchworth Shed for approximately 4 months. I lost my wife and spoke to my doctor – I was very lonely and needed to speak to people. The doctor put me in touch with Herts County Council and a person came and interviewed me to find out what my needs were and they came up with the Letchworth Shed address. I also got a young lady to come out once a week and talk to me in my own home. That was a great help – the main thing was that I wasn’t meeting anyone to talk to and I was beginning to worry. I was a carer for my wife for many, many years – she was bed-ridden – so I couldn’t get out. I would get up in the morning, put the telly on, and not see anyone all day.
Graham (82 years)
" I’ve been involved with this Shed for around a year and a half, but I’ve previously been involved in a Shed in Morley [in Leeds] for the best part of two years. You might say Morley was a ‘Rolls Royce version’ of a Shed - it was a converted old weaving building, very large with 15 double-sided benches. You had to apply to join (then wait until there was a place) and most people went two days a week to 10am to 3pm sessions.