Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
With the necessary resources locally and through supports (training, small grants, resources) from IMSA, Sheds grow to be vibrant creative and positive spaces.Ardara Men’s Shed has made remarkable strides in keeping traditional skills of the local area alive.At the IMSA Conference 2014 Ardara Men's Shed won the "Best Project" award,recognising the shed’s loom and handweaving project.“At one time, almost every family in this area would have had a loom, either in a shed or a room in the house, and the sound of the loom would have been part of everyday life. The Men's Shed is an ideal way to keep these kind of skills alive and make sure they are passed on from one generation to the next.”(www.ardara.ie).
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
On the island of Ireland, the men’s shed movement is vibrant, and thriving within both urban and rural communities.Of the men’s shed movement on the Island of Ireland,Dr. Barry Golding has highlighted ‘you have very good reason to be proud of what has been achieved in Ireland, and it is only very early days’.Since August 2009, the number of men’s sheds across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has grown steadily each year, from 1 to 216 men’s sheds registered with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association in 2014.This growth level of men’s sheds in Ireland has been described in research as ‘extraordinary’.To the end of 2016, IMSA will support the development of min. 400 community Men’s Sheds across the island of Ireland.The health and wellbeing impact of these Sheds will reach a minimum of 20,000 men in Ireland.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Over the next 5 to 10 years IMSA will ensure that the model of a ‘Men’s Shed’ is understood within the wider community of Europe as a whole, and that Men’s Sheds are a viable, key part of many rural and urban communities in Europe. IMSA will ensure that Men’s Sheds are recognised at national and European level as key aspects of national strategies for men’s health and well-being, with mainstreamed funding for community Men’s Sheds. IMSA will ensure that Men’s Sheds are strong, sustainable and effective in promoting men’s health and wellbeing, and are a supportive collective throughout Europe.