Tell us about your partnerships
IMSA sees the Men’s Sheds in Ireland as our most important partners.Since 2010,we have supported the growth of over 40 Men’s Sheds, and are working together with these Sheds,to ensure the further growth and sustainability of Men’s Sheds.Our funders and also local community service providers are key partners.Currently one of our partnerships is with a local government education provider; County Wexford VEC,in delivering a Leargas funded European Conference on ‘Working with Men’ to generate knowledge among a wider community on innovative ways of supporting men’s health, wellbeing and learning.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We currently target all communities within the island of Ireland for the growth of Men’s Sheds and to avail of IMSA.We do this largely through media opportunities, our website and a growing ‘word of mouth’.Through Start-Up Grants,we focused on rural areas during 2012 as we recognised that within such areas there is a dearth of support opportunities from other services.We will continue this focused Start-Up Grant for rural Men’s Sheds throughout the year.We are focused on raising awareness among community service providers on what a Men’s Shed is,including training delivery at European level.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
For IMSA, we need communities to believe in the potential of IMSA to support them in achieving opportunities for men in their community, through a Men’s Shed. Maintaining a transparent, accessible, honest, social-minded and happy internal organisation is making our innovation successful.This type of internal organisational together with skill, talent and effectiveness of staff and volunteers,success is happening for our innovation.
It is undoubtedly a better operating environment for IMSA when Men’s Sheds as a concept is understood and appreciated as a tool for improving men’s health, learning and wellbeing.In Ireland, and Europe, there is a growing body of awareness of the potential within Men’s Sheds evident in Ireland’s National Men’s Health Policy among others.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
IMSA is in a strong position to support other initiatives to develop/maintain gender equity within their service provision. IMSA has expertise in developing innovative ways to engage men in their health and wellbeing and we would be more than willing to share this knowledge and our experience.
We recognise that we are in need of additional support in the area of marketing our organisation.