Dundalk’s Men’s Sheds Produce Gifts for Visitors from Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Satakunta University has well established partnerships with DkIT in the Schools of Informatics & Creative Arts and Business & Humanities. They now wish to establish links with programmes in the area of health and physical activity, nursing and social care. They are also interested in establishing research collaborations in the ageing area. A number of very productive and interesting meetings were held between staff in these areas and it is hoped to formalise the relationship in the near future. The Louth Men’s Sheds project started by the Netwell Centre and Louth County Council targets men at risk of isolation or experiencing major life changes. The ‘shed’ environment encourages men to share skills and learn new ones for example, skills in wood turning, mechanical work and horticulture. Socialising is a large part of the project too, providing opportunities for the development of new friendships as well as the renewal of old ones. The Dundalk Men’s Shed was commissioned by Dr. Edel Healy to produce gifts for the recent visitors from Satakunta University . This was their first commission and as you can see from the pictures the wooden gifts they produced were very impressive and much appreciated by our colleagues from Finland. Further information on the Men’s Sheds Project available from Eva Beirne, Project co-ordinator: eva.beirne@netwellcentre.org