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Grant secures help for older men

Age UK Bexley has been awarded a £60,000 grant by the Henry Smith Trust to carry on supporting older men with their Men In Sheds project for the next three years.

Chief Executive of Age UK Bexley, Paul Goulden, said "We started Men In Sheds three years ago with a £100,000 grant from the London Borough of Bexley, and the aim was always to get other funding to continue this work. From nothing, we are now supporting over 40 men in the borough with workshop and social activities, and we have outgrown two sets of premises - and this is all down to our co-ordinator Sylvia Sime and the members of Men In Sheds.

"I would also like to thank Bexley Adult Education College and Greenwich and Bexley Hospice for their support in our early years, and to the many members of the public who have donated tools and equipment to get the project going.

"This project has had such a positive impact on its members that we were keen to continue it by any means possible - this grant means another three years work for us, and many more men supported."

Cllr Eileen Pallen, Cabinet Member for Adult Services said, "This is excellent news and well done to Age UK Bexley for their continuing work on this project. Giving older men the opportunity to share and learn skills is a fantastic way of supporting them, and preventing them becoming isolated."

Age UK Bexley are currently working on plans to relocate the Men In Sheds to dedicated premises in the north of the Borough.

Return to this week's Bexley Bulletin.

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