Whitworth Men’s Shed is a community group for men. It is a social space where men can come and get involved in practical activities or just have a chat over a brew!
On 21st September 2018 we opened the doors for the first time. Since then we have set up the first of our groups and projects, installed super-fast broadband and started work developing our workshop space so that we can continue to offer more activities in the coming months.
The need for Men in Sheds in Whitworth was identified after a series of consultation events held by Rossendale Borough Council’s Living Well Living Better project, which aimed to find ways of tackling loneliness and social isolation in the Whitworth area.
Whitworth has been identified by Age UK as a loneliness and social isolation ‘High Risk’ hot spot. The area has also been identified by LCC in their ‘Hidden from View’ report as an area of concern for the same reason. This report suggested over 135 household were at risk, mainly older people. Whitworth has a much higher than average number of older people living in social and sheltered accommodation than elsewhere in Rossendale.
Whitworth Men’s Shed is a member of the UK Men’s Sheds Association.