Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 14 May 2022
NUNEATON MP Marcus Jones and Borough Mayor, Rob Tromans, officially opened the new home a Nuneaton group which supports retired men and women with their mental health and wellbeing.
They opened the new Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds’ new shed, based at the Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre, which marks the group’s home. At present, the group currently have 20 members, however, they are ‘continuing to grow’.
The group provides a ‘safe’ environment for men and women to share their woodwork skills, continue developing their skills, and meet with like-minded individuals.
Eight of their “shedders” teamed together to help rebuild the shed after it was dismantled. And as well as this, the group have received grant funding which has enabled them to invest in new equipment for it.
They further received direct support from the Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and Peter Deeley, Joint Managing Director of The Deeley Group, who helped to build the community centre about nine years ago, back in 2013.
Marcus Jones MP, said: “I am very pleased to be here at the opening of the new shed for Nuneaton’s Men and Women in Sheds group. In a remarkable short space of time, this initiative which started life in Australia, has expanded and established deep roots in Nuneaton.
“The volunteers have themselves created their splendid new home here at Bermuda and I have no doubt it will enable them to continue to lend their phenomenal skills to many different local projects.
“I have seen many of the items they have made and placed around George Eliot Hospital and elsewhere in schools and other community settings and, without exception, they have been well-made, practical and much appreciated.
“I wish the group every success for the future and wish all current and future members the very best.”
Mayor Tromans was joined by Mayoress Mandy Tromans to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. He said: “The pandemic has made people come together and think more about the importance of community and wellbeing.
“The shedders have done a marvellous job to maintain relationships between their members, they have come out the other side and built this fantastic place for themselves and we have to thank everyone that has shown their support for this project.”
Representatives from George Eliot Hospital attended the opening ceremony and were joined by members of the group, local businesses and charities from Nuneaton.
Tony Cole, Chairman at Nuneaton Men and Women in Sheds, said: “We’re happy to have found a new home here at Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and would like to thank George Eliot Hospital for all of its support.
“Our shedders have rebuilt the shed themselves and that was quite the challenge for eight men all over 60! We couldn’t have done it without the support from Subcon Laser and Saputo Dairy.
“The group is great for the mental health of our members, its good comradery – even if people just come and have a cup of tea with us. When restrictions allowed, the meetings our group had in lockdown kept spirits alive and helped people through tough times.
“We would like to thank Marcus Jones and the Mayor for joining us for the official opening and hope our new shed will enable the group to support more people in the community.”