Men finally have a home

A NEW base will enable two local organisations to provide a place of solace for men looking for meaning in their lives after they've finished work.

Liverpool District Men's Shed president Alvan Freeman said that men who didn't prepare for retirement could find it a real "jolt to the system".

"Some of them describe the feeling like having their arms cut off," Mr Freeman said.

Liverpool Council recently donated a building in Shepherd Street to the Liverpool District and Moorebank Men's Sheds, which they will use as a permanent home from now on.

Mr Freeman said his club had to rely on temporary accommodation since it was formed in 2011.

"But we needed space to do things like woodwork, metal work and making things, and it will make it much easier to do that in our own building," he said.

"We're going to plant a vegetable garden too.

"The ethos of the Men's Shed movement is to bring together men who are isolated in society and are feeling redundant and despairing a bit, and give them something to do and the chance to interact with others. Many of our members have spent a lifetime focusing on work and then find themselves at a loose end when they retire."

Liverpool councillor Tony Hadchiti said the council had been working on arranging the joint facility for some time and that he was pleased it was finally happening.

"This is a great project which gives a lot of older men an excellent outlet and it's great when the council can help groups like this out," Cr Hadchiti said.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said Men's Sheds were a great way for men to get together and talk while working on worthwhile local community projects.

He said Men's Sheds "help tackle important mental health issues such as depression and loneliness while building community spirit".

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