The Scottish Men’s Sheds Association (SMSA), on the brink of closure, has secured vital funds to remain open and ensure Scottish Shedders stay connected during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The £50,000 grant will allow SMSA to keep operating and innovatively create new pathways to social connectivity amongst the Men’s Sheds Movement in Scotland.
Jason Schroeder, Executive Officer of the SMSA, said: “We welcome these much-needed funds from the Scottish Government to enable us to continue this vital work for men’s social connection and wellbeing. The ethos of Men’s Sheds is to reduce social isolation in our society and it is essential, whilst the Sheds across Scotland are temporarily closed, that these cyber Shedders stay connected during these unprecedented times.
“Even though they cannot physically go to the Shed, they can still stay in touch with their fellow Shedders for friendship, support and camaraderie. We have researched the online conferencing facilities available for simplicity, functionality and reliability and will support those Shedders who are not overly confident to access these opportunities. Over the coming weeks, we will expand the online programme to include guest speakers and activities and give the men a chance to get creative and share ideas for ‘Shedding at home’.
“The response from our Shedding community to Covid-19 has been truly incredible. It is heart-warming to see Shedders support each other and rise to the challenge to create personal protective equipment for our frontline workers from the safety of their homes. It is imperative that SMSA is here to support these men now and continue to do so in the years to come. In recovery from Covid-19, the men in our communities will need Men’s Sheds more than ever to feel connected with their communities once again.”