Men in Sheds

Principal Investigator: Dr Jenny Fisher

Project Fact File

Start DateApril 2017
End DateJune 2018
Funding£30,000
Funded by

Age UK Cheshire

Project TeamDr Jenny Fisher
Prof Rebecca Lawthom
Dr Gill Yeowell
Dr Sandra Hartley
Dr Emma Koivunen

Principal Investigator

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Project Details

Background

Age UK Cheshire – commissioned an evaluation of their Men In Sheds project (4 Sheds across Cheshire) as they wanted to know what was working, why and for whom.

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Successful tender led by Dr Jenny Fisher who brought together an interdisciplinary team. Jenny’s research is focused on community spaces and their role in social and community wellbeing.

Men in Sheds is a global approach to supporting men to age well particularly older men and began in Australia in the 1980s. The Sheds are spaces within community where men come together to learn new practical skills and share skills with each other. Age UK Cheshire runs 4 Sheds.

Aims and Objectives

Methods

We visited the Sheds to talk to the co-ordinators and the men pre developing our tender. We were the only bidding team to visit the Sheds. Relationship development with Age UK Cheshire.

Outcomes

We will be providing a report for Age UK Cheshire and submitting 3 quality peer-reviewed articles for publication in 2018.

Fun Fact

Jenny’s interest in tendering was partly due to her ownership of a shed in her garden !