Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Discovering Men’s Sheds - UK Conference

We've covered the rise of the Men's Sheds movement in Australia and from its earliest days in the UK so we're delighted to hear from Age UK that they will be running a special conference on the subject on September 29, 'Discovering Men’s Sheds
The effect on men’s health, wellbeing and informal learning' in Leicester.

Age UK is developing, piloting and evaluating sheds in three locations over a two-year period (ending April 2012) and they hope that the conference will benefit all of those with an interest in finding out more about the value of Men’s Sheds, non formal learning, and health and wellbeing. The conference will:
* Explore achievements of the Men’s Sheds initiative and proposed future developments
* Consider the importance of linking non formal learning with men’s health and wellbeing
* Hear from Age UK’s pilot Men in Sheds projects about their challenges and successes in setting up and running their Sheds

To book online visit www.ageuk.org.uk/conferences or get in touch with us here at Shedworking and we'll send you pdf leaflets directly. Here's the programme:

10:00 Registrations, interactive exhibitions and networking
10:40 Welcome and introduction from the chair of morning sessions (TBC)
10:45 Introduction to ‘A shedder’s story’
David Richardson
National Programme Delivery Manager, Age UK
10:50 A shedder’s story: what a shed means to a man
10:55 Men’s Sheds in context: men’s health, wellbeing and informal learning
Professor John Field
Professor of Lifelong Learning and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, University of Stirling
11:15 Q & A session
11:20 Tea and movement to workshops
11.30 Morning workshops (repeated in the afternoon)
12:40 Lunch, interactive exhibition and networking
1.40 Chair for the afternoon: Jim Soulsby
Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Lifelong Learning,
University of Leicester and Association of Education and Ageing.
1:45 Keynote address: Professor Barry Golding
Deputy Head of School of Education, University of Ballarat, Australia and an honorary Australian Men’s Sheds Association Patron and Adult Learning Australia Board member.
2:15 Q & A session
2:25 Afternoon workshops (repeated from the morning)
3:25 Panel discussion
David Hughes, Chief Executive, NIACE
Heléna Herklots, Services Director, Age UK
Barry Golding, Deputy Head of School of Education, University of Ballarat, Australia
Peter Baker, Chief Executive, Men’s Health Forum
3:50 Chair’s concluding remarks
4:00 Close of conference (tea/coffee available)

Workshops will include how to set up and run a shed, and how to keep a shed going once it's up and running.
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