Gala Men’s Shed gets local funding boost

The Galashiels Men's Shed receiving the donation from Mr Alex Taylor, Managing Quantity Surveyor for Esh Border Construction in Earlston.  VCB, a member of the Borders Third Sector Partnership, has recently completed a Big Lottery-funded report entitled 'Men's Sheds in the Scottish Borders ' A Framework for Development'.

The Galashiels Men's Shed receiving the donation from Mr Alex Taylor, Managing Quantity Surveyor for Esh Border Construction in Earlston. VCB, a member of the Borders Third Sector Partnership, has recently completed a Big Lottery-funded report entitled 'Men's Sheds in the Scottish Borders ' A Framework for Development'.

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The Men’s Shed organisation in Galashiels has benefited from a £1,000 charitable donation from a local construction firm.

It was a successful application for funding from Volunteer Centre Borders which secured the cash award from Esh Group in Earlston.

The money will be spent primarily on tools and equipment at the Men’s Shed workshop near the Langlee Community Centre.

Presenting the final cheque to the Galashiels ‘Shedders’ on Thursday, Alex Taylor, Managing Quantity Surveyor for Esh Border Construction in Earlston, told us: “The aim of the Esh Communities Scheme is to provide funding to projects that really make a difference to the lives of local people, and the Men’s Shed in Galashiels does just that. When you visit the Shed, you can see how much the men get out of being there.”

A Shedder spokesman added: “We are very grateful indeed to receive this funding from Esh. We’re planning a range of new projects at the Shed, and this donation will go towards the tools and equipment we need to get going.”

The Galashiels Shed is a communal workshop where local men can meet to pursue hobbies, work on joint projects and enjoy each other’s company.

Running for 18 months, it was set up with support from Volunteer Centre Borders and NHS Healthy Living Network.

The Shed has attracted an enthusiastic and growing membership, plus donations from a variety of local organisations and suppliers. These are being used in community and environmental projects, producing items ranging from bird boxes, garden planters and a rabbit hutch to children’s toys and a tombola drum.  

Men’s Sheds started in Australia 13 years ago and have since become established in New Zealand, England, Ireland and, latterly, Scotland.

The Galashiels Men’s Shed is at the former Borders Production Unit Building, Langlee Community Centre, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm.

For more information, contact Nigel Sargent on 0845 602 3921 or e-mail nsargent@vcborder.org.uk