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Trustee vacancies at The Dusty Shed

We are pleased to announce that we have new opportunities to join our board of trustees and support our work tackling social isolation and loneliness for older people.

We are seeking dedicated individuals with diverse experiences and a passion for making a positive difference. We invite you to consider becoming a trustee and playing a role in shaping the future of The Dusty Shed.

We value individuals who not only come with a wealth of professional experience, but also those who feel they have commitment to their community and feel passionately about isolation and loneliness and their effects on people, including physical and mental health issues.

The Dusty Shed is committed to encouraging healthy and connected lifestyles, and strives to bring those who are lonely and socially isolated together in an environment of collaborative learning and compassion; hence, the Dusty Shed is looking for trustees who are passionate about their community and willing to give freely of their time to help others.

Trustees will be expected to attend the Annual General Meeting of members and quarterly meetings of the committee, actively participate in discussions, and contribute to the decision-making process.

If you are interested in joining our board of trustees, please contact The Dusty Shed:

E: enquiries@thedustyshed.org.uk

T: 07592 240736

The Dusty Shed’s new WednesdaySit-and-Chatter Group

We have a new Wednesday group, where we can just sit and chatter about how things are, about our lives, and feel better.

It’s a non-woodworking group, so your time can be spent talking about things on your mind.

We know that life can get difficult, and sometimes talking and sharing your experience can make you feel better. It can be especially difficult for men, who through loneliness and isolation, can suffer serious mental health problems.

Our new group aims to make us feel better about ourselves and find some space to deal with life’s issues. Why not come along and sip a cuppa, share your thoughts, have a laugh, and see what happens!

You never know if you don’t give it a go!

If you wish to find out more:

E: enquiries@thedustyshed.org.uk – T: 07592 240736

Welsh Government Minister visits The Dusty Shed

Dusty Shed visit provides feedback to help Welsh Government’s Social Prescribing

Our Dusty Shed had a visit yesterday by Lynne Neagle MS, the Deputy Minister for Mental Health & Wellbeing for Welsh Government, who have announced their national framework for Social Prescribing. The visit was an opportunity for Shed members to visit provide feedback to help Welsh Government’s Social Prescribing.

Social prescribing, also sometimes called ‘community referral’, is a means of GPs and other health professionals, to refer people to a range of local community and voluntary sector activities, which will help people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Shed members were very happy to talk about their experiences, of loneliness and isolation, and how our Men’s Shed has help their wellbeing and mental health.

ITV News interviewed two of our members – read the ITV News article

– ‘National framework for social prescribing announced in bid to ease GP pressures’

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2023-12-11/how-social-prescribing-can-boost-community-wellbeing-and-ease-gp-pressures

More interviews with more members here – https://twitter.com/WelshGover…/status/1734258535213543915

Repair to patient bench for Llandough Hospital

Dusty Shed repair bench for patients and staff - Llandough Hospital.
Volunteers at The Dusty Shed work on bench for Llandough Hospital.

The Dusty Shed is a community workshop where people can come together to learn and share skills. We were asked to repair a garden bench used by patients at Llandough Hospital. Laurence and Peter, the Shed’s enthusiastic volunteers, made the repairs, replacing damaged runners and strengthening the seat, ensuring that the bench would continue to provide a comfortable and welcoming place for patients to rest and relax.

The Dusty Shed is open Tuesdays for members and Fridays for people to visit.


Make, build, refurbish, repurpose – examples of work from the Dusty Shed

Our members make, build, refurbish, and repurpose all sorts of stuff at the Dusty Shed. This is a small selection of things they’ve made over the past couple of years.

And here are some of our regulars