Men’s Shed takes part in Health and Safety course

Men’s Shed takes part in Health and Safety course


  • Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Members of Janner Men’s Shed have taken part in a health and safety training course run by SSG Training & Consultancy.

Men’s Shed, a social inclusion and community engagement movement has branches all over the UK, with Plymouth Community Homes founding the Janner Men’s Shed project in 2018. The group meets every two weeks at Leigham Community Hall on Tuesday afternoons and gives members the opportunity to meet new people and learn practical skills.

The group’s activities usually revolve around woodwork and SSG kindly offered to deliver a bespoke safety workshop so that the Shedders were all up to-date with manual handling and other safety measures.

Ryan Huws, Communities Worker and organiser for PCH said: “We do a lot of woodwork using sharp tools, so getting health and safety right is key to our success. The PCH Health and Safety Team have helped us a lot with practical advice and support and it’s fantastic to have this extra input.  The Shedders fully appreciate that Paul from SSG has been able to deliver this valuable workshop.  We all learnt so much from the session.”

Paul Widnall of SSG who delivered the workshop said: “I’ve instantly seen the sense of support and community within the group - it is there for all to see.

“I appreciated the work that Men’s Shed does and it is fantastic. The workshop will sharpen everyone’s awareness when it comes to health and safety, this will ensure the group can enjoy the wonderful craft of woodwork and minimise any risks.”

Men’s Shed member Joe discussed the positive impact joining the group had on him, “I became unemployed and was suffering a bit with depression but had heard about this group and asked Ryan if I could join. I came along and really enjoyed it. I’m out of the house doing stuff now. I really enjoy working with the wood turning guys.”

Fellow member Bruce said, “My daughter encouraged me to attend, I phoned up and I’ve loved it – you make friends and we also enjoy days out.”

Each of the 16 attendees from Men Shed will receive a certificate which acknowledges their attendance on the course delivered by SSG.

For more information visit the Men’s Shed website.


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