Lord Mayor visits Men’s Shed

In North Belfast there are many factors that increase the instances of isolation among older men including deprivation, income, transport, disability and issues relating to the legacy of the troubles.  It is also widely recognised that men are much less likely to come forward to get involved in new groups and the least likely group within society to get involved in volunteering.  The North Belfast Men’s Shed was established in 2012 as an initiative that aims to reduce social isolation as well as improving the health and wellbeing of men living in the Greater North Belfast area. The project provides a place for men to learn and share skills, take part in social events and volunteer their time to make a positive contribution to the wider community. All this contributes to the men’s sense of achievement, accomplishment, self-esteem and mental and physical well-being. Deirdre Hargey the Lord Mayor of Belfast pays tribute to the Men’s Shed for all their hard work.