COMMUNITY PROJECT TARGETING ISOLATION RECEIVES BACKING FROM HOUSEBUILDERS

A community project in Cowes, which is supporting Islanders suffering from social isolation, has received vital financial support from Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes. 

Storeroom2010’s Cowes Men’s Shed, which is open to anyone over 18 on the Island, offers a carpentry workshop, craft room and garden to support those in need of companionship and purpose.

The community organisation offers its members the chance to give something back to the community as they restore furniture for other Islanders in need and take on projects for other charities and good causes across the region, as part of a team.

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Now, the incredible organisation has received financial backing via the leading UK housebuilders’ Community Fund Scheme, which donates £1,000 to worthy causes in the region each month.

Adam Martin from the Cowes Men’s Shed is delighted that the project has received this vital support from Barratt and David Wilson Homes. He said:

“One in six households on the Island is a person aged 65 and over living alone. We want to offer these individuals, and anyone suffering from isolation, a place to meet like-minded people and learn new skills.

“With this generous donation, we will update our carpentry equipment to make our members’ work easier and safer. We are extremely grateful for Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ support, which means we can continue to help people feel like worthwhile members of the community.”

Organisations targeting isolation are even more important now, as the country still feels the effects of the global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Many individuals have been kept away from family and friends, which has had a considerable impact on their mental health.

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Adams adds:

“We give members the chance to give something back to the community, fostering self-worth and a feeling of altruism. And after carrying out an anonymous survey of our members in May this year, 94% of respondents told us that the Shed had improved their mental health, which is extremely positive.”

It is this remarkable support that the Cowes Men’s Shed is providing for Island residents that is the reason Barratt and David Wilson Homes made the decision to step in and offer their help.

Tammy Bishop, Sales Director at Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, Southampton Division, said:

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“After we heard about the amazing support this organisation was providing for the Isle of Wight, we had to help.

“The global pandemic has meant that many people across the country have found themselves isolated from family and friends, and the help this project is providing is fantastic.

“The Shed is bringing people together as well as offering support for other people in need through its work, which is incredible.”

Cowes Men’s Shed currently has 95 members, 25% of which are women, and it is adding to this number on a regular basis.

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