We’ve all heard of Men’s Sheds.
These community spaces are where men come together to take part in hands-on activities such as woodworking, metalworking, and other hobbies and typically provide a supportive environment for socialising, and sharing skills.
The camaraderie helps combat the feelings of isolation that some men might experience, especially as they get older.
While the Men’s Sheds movement has been going from strength to strength since its inception in 1998 in Victoria, Australia, Women’s Sheds are a relatively new phenomenon but they have been growing in popularity in recent years.
Women’s Sheds provide a supportive and inclusive environment for women to pursue hobbies, learn new skills, and form community ties.
Last year, Irish Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys announced a special fund of €100,000 to support a growing network of Women’s Sheds in Ireland after engaging with various branches around the country.
“These Sheds provide an invaluable service for women of all ages – helping to tackle social isolation and providing a space for people to come together, socialise, and build friendships,” said the Minister.
And this week marks the opening of a brand new Cork South Lee Women’s Shed, with organisers hosting an open day at Carrigaline Library to welcome those interested into the fold.
The South Lee Shed has already garnered some major support, with nearly 800 members joining the Facebook Group in anticipation of its opening. Check out the Event on Facebook for more updates.
The group has left information packs in the library.
“You can pick them up after the open day on any other day that suits you from Monday, August 14th onwards. Just ask the library staff,” they added.