Moseley and Kings Heath Shed project helping to tackle loneliness amongst older residents

on November 12, 2016

A community project aiming to reduce loneliness amongst older people has been boosted after a donation helped them to buy new equipment.

The Moseley and Kings Heath Shed opened last year and allows members to learn new skills and interact with others.

A donation from Moseley Round Table has helped them to purchase a new bandsaw.

David Nicholls, who joined the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed in July said the project had been important to him.

David Nicholls at the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed

David Nicholls at the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed

“It’s worth its weight in gold,” he said. “It’s something to do, it’s an interest and it gets you out of the house.

“Before joining I would talk to myself, look after my dog – all the sort of things retired people do.”

As well as financial support, the group also accepts donations of timber, material and tools.

Judith Jones working on a project in the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed

Judith Jones working on a project in the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed

Judith Jones, a former primary school head-teacher said she enjoyed the freedom of being able to go in and start work on any project.

“I always fancied having a go at wood-turning, so it was the first thing I tried when I got here,” she said.

“Then it was my mom’s 100th birthday. Dad had made her a bird table some 30 years ago and it was completely rotten, so we said we would get her one for her birthday. But I thought I could do one of those at the Shed. So I brought it all up and took it apart – it took me weeks.

“It turned from being an ordinary bird table into a semi-Grecian-Roman bird-table!”

The Moseley and Kings Heath Shed also offers other skills. Local resident Mark Holder is learning first aid and is being trained to supervise the workshop.

He said: “The Shed is fantastic.”

For more details on the project and to find out how to donate items, visit the Moseley and Kings Heath Shed website.

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