AS ITS charity partner, the UK Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA), celebrates its 10-year anniversary, Onduline reflects on its partnership over the past year.
Announced in September 2022, Onduline pledged to support 10 projects each year by donating its lightweight roofing material and accessories for ‘Sheds’ to use either on their own meeting places, or to help projects in their community.
Since 2013, the UKMSA has been providing support and guidance to individuals and groups across the UK in starting and managing Men’s Sheds. The charity has raised awareness of the benefits of Men’s Sheds in reducing isolation, loneliness and in empowering local communities. A ‘Shed’ can be anything from a village hall to a garage – there’s even one in a disused mortuary. But the emphasis is on bringing groups together for regular social interaction.
Nisha Kumar, Head of Marketing for Onduline, said: “Onduline has been delighted to have been able to partner with a charity such as UKMSA. Isolation and mental health are very real problems throughout the UK and working with UKMSA to help fund projects to enable ‘Sheds’ to thrive is a real honour.
“We’re delighted to have been able to help with seven ‘shed’ projects across the UK since our partnership started. We also recently attended ShedFest 2023 – the UK Men’s Sheds Association annual celebration of Men’s Sheds and Shedders across the UK. It enabled us to meet some of the Shedders who have benefited from our collaboration. We look forward to our ongoing partnership and seeing how many more projects we can help to bring to fruition.”
Charlie Bethel, Chief Officer for UKMSA, added: “The support that we have received from Onduline has been fantastic. It’s enabled the community of ‘Shedders’ to work together on improving and maintaining their ‘shed’ spaces as well as work on projects for their local communities. We’re excited to see what further projects our ‘shedders’ will put forward for consideration. Our mission is to enable access to a Men’s Shed for every man and women that would benefit from one. We won’t stop until we’ve achieved it and support from companies such as Onduline takes us closer to this goal.”
Onduline was also honoured to have been asked to join the charity to help celebrate its 10th anniversary awards at the House of Lords. The awards were presented by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. Also present were Maria Caulfield, parliamentary under-secretary of state for mental health and women’s health strategy and Anglesey MP Virginia Crosbie, representing Cymru Men’s Sheds Association.
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