Members of the new Irvine Harbourside Men’s Shed, set up with the support of the Scottish Maritime Museum, are asking local residents and businesses if they have a second-hand Portakabin, shipping container, large shed or even caravan that they can recycle and repurpose as a place to gather and get projects underway.

Part of the worldwide growing Men’s Shed movement, the new Irvine Harbourside Men’s Shed has been set up to give local men of 18 years and over the opportunity to come together around activities that you could find in a garden shed, such as engineering and creative writing, in a way which benefits their health and mental wellbeing.

Ernie Kenny, Chairperson of Irvine Harbourside Men’s Shed, explains:

      “We’ve had a great response to the new Men’s Shed and the members are brimming with enthusiasm and ideas but, without a ‘Shed’ and materials, we just can’t get going. 

“We desperately need prefabricated units that we can upcycle into a place where members can make friends over a cup of tea and work shoulder to shoulder on new community projects. 

“We are also asking if any local businesses could make a small festive donation enabling us to buy materials to build a shed or tools, workbenches, seating or heating facilities.

“We’re looking for more members too. Joining Irvine Harbourside Men’s Shed is a great way of meeting new friends, learning new skills and helping make a difference across the Harbourside and now is a great time to join. We’re busy getting to know each other, planning our first projects, which will include gardening and creative writing, and officially forming our constitution.”

Jamie Menzies, Learning and Access Officer at the Scottish Maritime Museum, who helped set up the new Men’s Shed, adds: 

“We’re very grateful for the generous support of North Ayrshire Council’s Community Development Team in setting up the Irvine Harbourside Men’s Shed. Now to get going and help make a difference to local men and the community as a whole, we need a little practical or financial help. If anyone thinks they or their business can help in any way, we’d love to hear from you.”

Any residents or businesses which might be able to help should email [email protected] or telephone Jamie at the Scottish Maritime Museum on 01294 278283.

Anyone interested in joining Irvine Harbourside Men’s Shed can drop in to one of the meetings, which take place at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Harbour Road between 10am – 12noon every second Thursday. 

The next and last meeting of the year is scheduled for 10am – 12noon on Thursday 13 December. 

The first meeting of 2019 will take place 10am – 12noon on Thursday 10 January.