Ballynahinch Men’s Shed

Ballynahinch Men’s Shed was established from a need identified within the area for the creation of a support mechanism enabling men within the area to come together to socialise and learn new skills. The Men’s Shed offers a safe space for the men of Ballynahinch and rural outlying areas to participate in social activities and make friendships therefore reducing feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

Mentor: County Down Rural Community Network

Through the Elevate project, the group availed of support to develop a range of activities for men in the area with a focus on reducing health inequalities. Through the programme and the mentoring support, the group engaged with the local community and developed volunteering skills within the organisation. They also progressed plans for future funding and sustainability and transformed their premises into a fit-for-purpose space.