Kirklees College donate shed loads of equipment to community project


Kirklees College help local community project Denby Dale District Men’s Shed by donating equipment


Kirklees College is committed to helping local community projects and charities and, when local organisation Denby Dale District Men’s Shed reached out to the college to see if there was anything we could do to help them, we jumped at the chance.

Working to alleviate loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing, Denby Dale District Men’s Shed was set up when founder Robert Barber entered retirement and through, a love of woodworking, wanted to meet with likeminded people and share his interests with a new group of friends. It was out of this, that the Denby Dale District Men’s Shed was born, which is part of a wider association called the UK Men’s Sheds Association.

But what is a shed without its tools and equipment? That’s where Kirklees College stepped in, and was able to donate items to enable its members to continue pursuing their interests in a well-equipped workshop with an impressive array of tools and machinery. Kirklees College donated items including a jewellery work bench from the former Batley School of Art and Design building, enabling the group to enhance the activities they were able to carry out.

“The jewellery bench has been central to the establishment of our jewellery workshop and this in turn will enable us to provide courses, which we know will be very popular. The other tools, equipment and benches have been a great addition to the equipment we already have and will allow us to continue to develop the range of activities we can carry out. We couldn’t continue to operate without the generosity of our donors and really appreciate all the help the college has provided,” said Robert Barber, Chair of the Management Team and Trustee.

Denby Dale District Men’s Shed have been involved in numerous projects including creating community planters, notice boards and an owl nesting box for a local nature reserve.

Andy Ryland, Mens Shed Development Officer with Community First Yorkshire, said: “Men in particular are renowned for keeping things to themselves, especially when it comes to concerns about their health. If they are doing something, talking, side by side, it gives an opportunity for them to talk about anything which is bothering them. Denby Dale Men’s Shed is a fun place to get together, do practical tasks together, and gives you enjoyment; sharing skills and learning new skills is all empowering.”

The Denby Dale District Men’s Shed is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and is a relaxed space where men can get together and share skills whilst working on ‘garden shed’ projects.

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