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New Waringstown men’s shed a ‘fantastic asset’ for the community

'Loneliness and isolation are major issues in our society and we can see how the men’s shed can help to tackle these matters'

A new men’s shed has opened in Waringstown, providing a venue for local men to build friendships, learn new skills and share experiences.

The shed and the group’s leaders were visited by local DUP representatives, including DUP councillor Mark Baxter and Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart to hear about how the project is helping them.

Ms Lockhart said a men’s shed was a fantastic asset in any community and it was great to see the new project in the Waringstown area.

“There is no doubt that the whole issue of men’s mental health is a significant one, and the impact of lockdown as a result of the pandemic has only exacerbated these problems,” she said.

“Loneliness and isolation are major issues in our society and we can see how the men’s shed can help to tackle these matters through a trusted environment.”

Councillor Baxter said the creation of the Men’s Shed was great news for the community.

“I know several people who attend and participate in other men’s sheds and they love the camaraderie amongst the men, whilst also being to utilise skills and learn new ones,” he said.

“This is a very welcoming place and I would encourage local men to make use of this facility. I commend those behind the creation of the shed for their vision and commitment to the betterment of our area and the people who live in it.”

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