The Repair Shed brings older men (and women) together to stay healthier and happier for longer by making, mending and learning. Member profiles are based on recorded interviews by evaluator Nick Parsons
I’ve been here from the very start, when the idea was really in it’s infancy. We had our first Repair Day in June 2014 – when people were invited to bring broken things along to be looked at for repair. We had quite a few things brought in.
Even though it was difficult and cold going in the winter – as we didn’t really have a proper indoor workshop initially – we focussed and made a wooden Christmas tree for a local play centre.
In January 2015 we got into the ‘Shed’ and things started to happen. We got more productive, we made more things. We’ve now got a container to help with storage and things are going to get even better.
I’m Involved in electrical work and I’ve done a PAT-testing course. I do a lot of woodworking making trugs and other things. I had a broken leg for a couple of months in the summer which made me realise how much the Repair Shed meant to me. It was great to get back into the workshop, meet people, and do things again.
This really has a made a difference to me.