Our Charity of the Month is Age UK Exeter’s Men in Sheds project whose shop is situated on Paris Street. The Men in Sheds emporium has a huge range of quality second-hand tools and garden equipment that has been donated by the public and renovated by the volunteers involved the project. This is done alongside other creative projects such as making gorgeous bird boxes and benches that are sold at local fairs.
InExeter paid a visit to the emporium to find out more about this important project that helps to support older men who be isolated or kicking around at home with nothing to do find companionship and a common purpose.
With so many amazing tools on site, the Men In Sheds Emporium is a treasure trove of useful objects and the men behind the counter have the knowledge to help customers with their DIY questions. On many occasion Ray, lead volunteer at the shop, and others that work there have shown a shopper how to get the best use out of a tool, helping them to save money while supporting a great cause.
Ray Hood, who runs the shop said, “If I didn’t have this shop, I think I would loose touch with the world.” It’s great to come here and chat to customers as well as the other volunteers. We have a great time and I like being able to help teach our customers new skills.”
Men in Sheds was started in 2012 by Age UK Exeter and after 7 years, over 60 men enjoy the services that the project offers.
The Men in Sheds Tools Company:
As part of the Men In Sheds project, there is also ‘Tools Company’ which helps men with a range of health and social care needs such as stroke, visual impairment and early dementia come together to help refurbish tools and garden implements as well as making bird and bug boxes and garden trugs for sale in the shop.
Men In Sheds is an integral part of the Age UK Exeter charity that supports over 1,000 older people each week in the city and has over 320 volunteers. The charity needs to raise £6,000 every working day to sustain the services that they provide. These include day services and carer breaks for people with dementia or who are physically frail, one to one support in people’s homes and help with getting out and about, as well as services that combat loneliness and isolation and promote wellbeing.
The shop is next to the bus station on Paris Street and is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. You can call the Shop on 07707085680