Kinvara GAA are delighted to announce our setting up of partnership with the Kinvara Mens Shed.

The local Mens Shed was set up a year ago, but have struggled to find a location from which to base themselves. After discussions with them, we were delighted to offer them a suitable space, located behind our clubhouse. 
This is a positive step by our club, and one which we have worked closely with our own Health & Wellbeing Committee, which covers all our clubs initiatives and issues on mental health, child protection, and general wellbeing.
The key personnel in the Kinvara Mens Shed who we have dealt with are Christian Coady, Paddy Neylon and John Kelly. We must acknowledge their diligence and assistance in our dealings with them. They really were a breath of fresh air, and are fully committed to the ethos of the Mens Shed concept. Kinvara GAA would like to acknowledge the volunteerism and drive of these lads to help set up a Mens Shed in Kinvara, and their desire to make Kinvara a better place to live in for all people in our community. 

If you are not aware of who or what a Mens Shed is, then we ask you to look up the website on  http://menssheds.ie/

A few key points in relation to our agreement are as follows:
1. All members of Kinvara Mens Shed to also become Social Members of Kinvara GAA.
2. The primary hours of usage for Kinvara Mens Shed will be daytime from 9am-5pm, to avoid congestion at times when busiest for us at our pitch, especially when our younger members are training. Suitable hours at weekends may also be agreed, aswell as evenings during the winter time, when our grounds are not in use by our playing members. 
3. As the Mens Shed will be a group located in our grounds, all their members will under GAA guidelines be Garda vetted. 
4. The Mens Shed will also commit to help us in certain small projects in our grounds that will be for benefit to us all. 
5. The partnership will involve a rolling annual agreement, to be reviewed yearly.
6. We hope this partnership will provide an opportunity for some of our current and past members of Kinvara GAA to get involved with them. 
7. This partnership will be for the benefit of the Kinvara Community, as it advances the education and promotion of mental health in the men of Kinvara of all ages.  
8. This partnership will be for the benefit of the Kinvara Community as now our local Mens Shed have a home where they can work from, as all projects carried out by them are for the benefit of own community and various community groups. 
9. The Mens Shed will be located behind our clubhouse. Their area will be fenced off, with sufficient space for them to locate their shed or container, an outside workspace, an outside green area for gardening and vegetables. 
10. Their shed / container will provide both storage for tools and materials, but also a place for them to chat and converse, and where information on health and wellbeing can be promoted.
11. The outside work areas will provide space and opportunity for their members to be active. Some members may be interested in carpentry or other trades, while some may be interested in gardening and plants. Others may want to build a currach. Their interests will be varied. 

Any further issues that our members or parents of members may have can he directed towards myself Garret Byrne, Chairperson 087-9513442, or either of the following;
KGAA Health & Wellbeing Officer – Caroline Shaughnessy 087 1688373
KGAA Childrens Officer – Mary Cullen-Ward 087 6574546

Finally, we do encourage you all to look up their website as mentioned above. We have however included a few extracts below here to give you an idea of their concept. 
Also, if you are a local man and would like to check them out, then you would be more than welcome to contact Kinvara Mens Shed and Christian Coady 085 7565484 or email kinvaramensshed@gmail.com. 

ABOUT THE MENS SHED ASSOCIATION 

Extract from the Mens Shed wesbite………
“The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was formed in in January 2011. Our mission is to support the development of the burgeoning Men’s Sheds movement throughout the island of Ireland.
The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information among the network of men’s shed in Ireland. We also act as a representative body to carry the message and ethos of men’s sheds onto the national stage.
As a grassroots organisation, we believe strongly in the autonomy of each individual shed, as we strive for a future in which all men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms within their own communities.
We aim to make it as easy as possible for any like-minded group of men in Ireland to set up, run and maintain a Men’s Shed. To this end, we provide information, resources and support to our member sheds throughout Ireland; listening and responding to our members’ concerns is a cornerstone of our ethos.
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is a registered charity; our CHY number is 19928 and our Charity Reg. Number is 20078591.”


A shorter description of Men’s Shed could be:

“Men’s Shed is any community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men.
Men’s sheds may look like a shed in you back yard yet they innovatively share some characteristics of both community education and health promotion projects.”

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