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People urged to join Women in Sheds to learn and share skills in Rutland

‘Women in Sheds’ sessions to help people learn and share new skills look set to be launched in Rutland.

An information day will be held on February 27 to encourage women to find out more about the scheme, which has already proved a huge success among men.

Aimed at women aged 50 and over, Women in Sheds will offer people the chance to develop and share skills including carpentry, electronics, furniture restoration and mechanics - or anything they fancy learning in a workshop environment. The scheme is run by Age UK and is based in Oakham.

Brian Lee who runs the sheds project (7060962)
Brian Lee who runs the sheds project (7060962)

The charity’s Men in Sheds, which holds twice-weekly sessions in Oakham, attracts 24 people a week. It is hoped that Women in Sheds will appeal to a similar number of women.

Brian Lee, Men in Sheds co-ordinator for Rutland said: “One of the main benefits men seem to have gained from the sessions is companionship. Quite a few out of the current group have lost their partners, and so enjoy meeting up with people and chatting as much as they enjoy using and learning skills.

“It’s also been a chance for people to share skills with each other. For example, we were donated a lathe recently and that gave those with wood-turning skills the opportunity to share these with others.

“We have a well-equipped workshop, and so we’re able to offer people the chance to try out a lot of different skills. In Loughborough, where a Women in Sheds scheme was launched in 2018, many participants wanted to try out woodwork. We’ve also had enquiries about starting a book club, and there’s no reason we can’t do painting or similar activities. It’s really up to those who come along.”

The Women in Sheds sessions should start in March. To find out more, women aged 50 and over can attend an information day from 11am to 2pm on February 27 at Unit 8 A, Oakham Enterprise Park, Ashwell Rd, Oakham.

People can also call Brian for more information on 07540 413805 or e-mail brian.lee@ageukleics.org.uk

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