Look at what we made at the Camden Town Shed

Isolation-busting project has 'saved at least one person's life'

Friday, 4th March — By Dan Carrier

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WHO is going to get stuck in the stocks? .

Ray Kaplan and Ken Ainsworth show off a pillory – to be used at charity fundraisers – that they made at a project aimed at promoting happiness through creative hobbies.

The Camden Town Shed on the Maiden Lane Estate in Camden Town wants people to find their inner crafter as a way of maintaining good mental health.

And the long-running scheme is now launching a new Charter for Wellbeing in Craft and DIY.

Organiser Mike Jenn said the Charter aims to raise the profile of the Men’s Shed project by illustrating how good such hobbies are for people’s mental health. “It will help us connect to new contacts that can support health in this way,” he said.

The Camden Town Shed hosts workshops in making and mending items in wood and clay.

Mr Jenn said: “We offer both autonomy and community and find that our shed is particularly effective at reducing anxiety, depression and loneliness among men. The guys enjoy sharing skills and chatting in a working environment.”

He added: “We know we helped save at least one person’s life.”

Regular, Brian, 71, said: “I found myself isolated after I finished work. My mates slowly dropped away and I found I really missed the banter and the routine. I come here and either do my stuff or a community project but whichever – my favourite tool is the kettle.”

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