Armagh Mensshed recently delivered a Dementia Board to each of the 5 local Nursing/ Residential Homes in the city area and they were very well received by management who thought they were a brilliant idea.
This concept was developed by a number of Menssheds in Australia after a member of one of their Menssheds had personal experience of a family member with Dementia presenting to the emergency dept of their local Hospital. They had become very agitated when being examined by the Doctor and the shed member decided to develop a distraction. So the Dementia board was born and similar designs have now being replicated by menssheds all over the world to assist those living with Dementia.
The local Homes included Hamilton Court Care Home, Sunnymead, Orchard Lodge, Greenpark and Fairlawns. Mary Catherine Hutton, manager of Greenpark Nursing Home, was very pleased with the gift and said it will definitely be useful in the Home. “ We are very grateful to the lads from Armagh Mensshed who have been very helpful to us over the years and are always on hand to help with the various jobs here, whether its replacing benches or painting our picnic tables, you can always rely on them,” she said.
Armagh Mensshed have thanked both Northern Building Supplies and Macari Paint Shop for sponsoring paint and equipment and also for their continued support for our various projects.
There are over 450 sheds throughout Ireland, according to the Irish Menssheds Association, who said they get at least two enquiries a week from areas looking for help to start their own shed. A spokesperson said that this equates to well over 12,000 men visiting a mensshed on a weekly basis –a staggering statistic when you consider what these lads would be doing if they hadn’t got this important facility!!!
If you have a Father, Husband, Grandfather or other family member at a loose end and getting under your feet, send them down to their local mensshed, where they can be assured of a very warm welcome and regular cups of tea and wont regret calling in.!!
Armagh Mensshed is open 5 days a week from 830-3pm and there are also very vibrant menssheds locally, in Richhill, Keady, Portadown, Maghery, Derryrtrasna and Lurgan as well as a few more in their infancy in Newtownhamilton, Crossmaglen and Cullyhanna. If you need further info on your nearest shed please contact 07763818393.