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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP and Councillor Richard Watters recently met with Glen Douglas, Chairman of Kinross and District Men’s Shed, and Shona Fowler, Project Support Worker, to discuss the future of the Men’s Shed in Kinross and to see first-hand the work being undertaken by the ‘Shedders’.

Speaking following the visit, Ms Cunningham said:

“I really enjoyed meeting with Glen and Shona and seeing the various projects going on down at the Men’s Shed in Kinross.

“There were members restoring a large wooden boat, others repairing bicycles that have been donated, some refurbishing furniture and other items, as well as other members preparing hot filled rolls, tea and coffee. Some of the members also attend local farmers’ markets to sell their wares such as wooden chopping boards and mobile phone rests – in fact I picked up one of these myself.

“In addition to the various projects they also have dart boards, table football and a 1970s train set. The group are also working with one member who is a retired IT technician to set up PCs which will be passed on to other men’s shed groups to help them get up and running.

“Many men find themselves a bit isolated in retirement and these groups are a fantastic way for local men to get involved and socialise whilst also passing on their skills to others.

“There are now 120 Men’s Shed groups across Scotland and they have really taken off.  The Kinross branch has grown to 65 members and continues to grow.   However, the current premises are not entirely suitable and though the group are making the best of the space available they will struggle to continue using the space into the winter because it is so hard to heat.

“Unusually for an organisation of this nature, the problem they have is that their current premises are really too big. It would be great to see the ‘Shedders’ find a new home locally where they can flourish and I would ask that anyone who knows of a space that might be suitable get in touch – either with Glen at the Shed or with my office.”

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