Many men in Ireland currently face major challenges of unemployment, isolation and unmet learning and wellbeing needs. When out of work, their relationship or home life may come under increasing pressure. Without encouragement, most men are reluctant to talk about their feelings and emotions, which means that they usually don't ask for help.
Social entrepreneur John Evoy set up the Irish Men's Sheds Association in 2009 with the aim of helping men to recover their self-esteem and learn skills that could help them reintegrate into the workforce. Men's Sheds attempts to change the way we approach men's health by providing a unique mix of education, upskilling and health promotion. It provides a safe, friendly and inclusive environment, where men can work together on meaningful projects, such as doing up an old car or building wooden artefacts.
Goals and objectives
John's vision is that The Arthur Guinness Fund can be the catalyst to enable Men's Sheds to become an integral part of the villages and towns of Ireland, offering spaces of hope and renewed community spirit. "This idea can revolutionise the approach to men's health, wellbeing and learning in Ireland. Because men don't talk face to face. They talk shoulder to shoulder."