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Lancaster Menshed supporting their local community

Lancaster Menshed have been offering their time and skills to help community groups or disadvantaged individuals with small repair or refurbishment jobs. Whilst searching for a new permanent home themselves, the group is happy to offer their services in woodwork, gardening or painting to qualifying individuals or groups.

David Munro the project’s coordinator said that they were delighted to have been able to offer practical assistance to several individuals recently with various DIY and garden projects and now the Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay project, replacing their shed roof at the Dorrington Road allotments. The allotment is an important facility for the Headway group as many of their clients use the allotment as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay would like to say a huge thank you to Lancaster and District Menshed for supporting them in fixing up their Dorrington Road allotment shed roof. The volunteers worked tirelessly over several days and the outcome is fantastic. Maria Galvin who co-ordinated the partnership project said “We are so very, grateful to John, Ken, Martin and David for their exceptional skills and hours of labour. You have made such a huge difference and our shed is now good to go for quite a few more years”.

In addition to Lancaster and District Menshed, this partnership project was made possible by the support of Jewsons in Morecambe and Gardening with Disabilities Trust https://www.gardeningwithdisabilitiestrust.org.uk.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay have been supporting survivors of brain injury since 1982. With Health and Wellbeing objectives at the core of everything they do, all members are encouraged and supported to achieve their own health and wellbeing goals and the allotment contributes significantly.

The Menshed group have also just benefited the new Moorlands community group who are presently encouraging local householders to prettify the area with reasonably priced window boxes made out of repurposed pallet wood. If they are painted boxes they will have been painted with donated gloss paint from trades people or members of the public which might have gone to waste otherwise. The result is a truly attractive and sustainable window box the profit for which is equally divided between the Menshed and Claverhill community gardens. The Menshed group have completed their first order of 17 window boxes and are just commencing work on their next batch of orders for roughly the same number.

Some of the window boxes were made by the some of the Band of Brothers members, asylum seekers and refugees living in Lancaster who are keen to give back to their new found community in whatever way they can. They will be working alongside the Menshed members on future practical projects, bringing their own well-developed practical skills.

If you think you might qualify for help with a practical DIY or garden project that would be of benefit then send an email to Lancaster Menshed outlining what’s needed and the group will get back to you if they can help with it. The labour would be free but the main materials cost would be the responsibility of the individual or community group.

Lancaster Menshed - - lancadshed@gmail.com David Munro 07502218063

If you would like to find out more about becoming a member of Headway or volunteering or fundraising, please send an email to Maria Galvin at headwaylancaster@gmail.com.

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