PROGRESS has been made in the Girvan Men’s Shed initiative which will see the creation of a system where men can work on projects.

The Girvan Town Team were informed that South Ayrshire Council (SAC) is now requesting a building warrant for the Men’s Shed and that the process has now become more technical. 

He added that they would now need to employ the services of an architect.

Malcolm Kelly said that this change of decision was probably based on the fact that the shed would be on council ground.

Roddy McDonald said that he would be speaking to the ‘shedders’ and an architect very soon.

This priority has already made significant progress. Funding was secured from the Participatory Budgeting Day and South Ayrshire Charitable Trust to fund the initiative. 

Recruitment events were held at the Lowland Gathering, the Christmas Street Party and at the Town House. 15 adults have registered and the Shedders meet on a fortnightly basis. The first significant project will be the building of a Shed next to the Aviary.

A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. 

It offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. 

They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction.

A place of leisure where men come together to work
New Shedders or anyone interested in the idea of sharing fun space with guys who want time out of the ordinary leisure opportunities can join.