Men’s Shed’s Bid to Reduce Social Isolation Receives Community Fund Boost


Cowes Men’s Shed has received a boost this week – thanks to a donation from local bus operator, Southern Vectis. 

Cowes Men’s Shed members

The Storeroom2010 community project, located on Somerton Industrial Park, was set up as a space for local people to use – and features a carpentry workshop, hobby room and garden with polytunnels and raised beds.

Adam Martin, Project Leader, says:

“Although we’re called Cowes Men’s Shed, we are here for everyone over 18 – in fact 25% of our members are women.

“Our facilities and expertise are here for people to come and use five days a week – from 10am until 3pm. This is important to us because we’re committed to reducing social isolation on the Isle of Wight.

“One in six households is a person over 65 who is living alone. At Cowes Men’s Shed we are happy to take on projects for the community, and have worked with other good causes and charities in the past to help them in any way we can.”

The group is using a donation from Southern Vectis’ Community Fund towards the installation of a bobbin sander from Axminster Tools.

Adam says:

“This is a wonderful tool for tackling the tricky bits of sanding – for curves and parts that are hard to reach and sand. It is hugely important because many of our members have arthritis or rheumatism. Our new acquisition helps save aching hands and hours of struggling.

“It is transforming the way our members work with wood and has made lives considerably easier. We are incredibly grateful to Southern Vectis for its support.”

Southern Vectis operations manager, Simon Moye, adds:

“Cowes Men’s Shed is a fantastic local resource, providing a welcoming environment for those living on the island to come together both in a practical and supportive way.

“The donation is part of our pledge to help those living in areas where we operate. It is important that we build strong relationships with local charities, clubs and organisations – so we’re delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause here.”

The Southern Vectis Community Fund is open to applicants all year round but the next funding allocation is due in May 2020. To apply, groups should visit Southern Vectis’ website and provide details about their cause, what they need, and the difference the support might make to their organisation.

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