Volunteers wanted for Porty ‘Men’s Shed’ project

The Westhill Men's Shed was opened in February this year.
The Westhill Men's Shed was opened in February this year.
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Plans are afoot to create a meeting place for men in Portlethen, but more bodies are needed to get the project off the ground.

Hailed as the perfect place for a bit of practical and social interaction while perhaps offering a form of escapism for some, a group of retired Portlethen locals have been looking to nearby Westhill for inspiration for their Men’s Shed.

The Westhill Men’s Shed comprises of an extensive woodworking workshop with power tools and benches, and is seen as a place where men can turn their hand to helping with community projects, work on their own tasks or just relax with like-minded people.

Portlethen community councillor Alex McKay has been trying to get a similar project off the ground in Portlethen. He told the November community council meeting: “The Men’s Shed will benefit the wider community and also help to give older people a place to go and do something useful. But it needs to be properly constituted, and we need volunteers to come forward and help to form a proper committee.”

Anyone who can offer assistance can contact Alex McKay on (01224) 781006.

The idea for the men’s Shed comes from Australia. It’s organised by volunteers from the community, for the community and is completely free of charge. It aims to promote longer, healthier lifestyles by keeping retired people active and social.