Following the highly successful Mensheds scheme in Australia which is going from strength to strength (as reported on Shedworking here), Age Concern seems to be picking up on the idea. Its first ‘Men in Sheds’ venue is due to be open soon in Mitcheldean where men will help to renovate hand tools for despatch to poor communities in Africa. Linda Shepherd, Senior Manager - Projects, said: "The workshop has been fitted out and we now have a volunteer shopping for the tools and consumables needed to refurbish the donated items. We are distributing information leaflets around the Mitcheldean area but if you are male, 55 or over and you can get there you will be welcome. If the practical side doesn’t appeal, we are also looking for men with other skills, including admin, marketing and fundraising. The project is distinctive – we don’t know of another such project being run by any other Age Concern. This is a unique opportunity for older men to use their skills, enjoy a social activity and help others – a triple whammy!"