A PROJECT which is aiming to kick loneliness into touch received a visit from Barnsley Council leader Sir Steve Houghton this week.

Men in Sheds, run by Age UK Barnsley, provides carpentry and wood-turning activities for men aged 50 and above who want to get together and learn new skills in the man-friendly space of a shed.

It was piloted in Cudworth three years ago, a ward which Coun Houghton represents, but recently set up another ‘shed’ at the Newburgh Building on McLintock Way, off Summer Lane, on the outskirts of the town centre after securing £280,000 in lottery funding to help reach more blokes over the next five years.

Its members’ work can be seen at Library @ the Lightbox, one of the first town centre buildings to be finished as part of the wider £180m Glass Works redevelopment, after the men designed and created some furniture.

Sir Steve said: “It’s an excellent scheme and it’s one that’s had real success across Barnsley.

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“It provides opportunity for friendship, conversation and activities for men who have perhaps faced major life changes such as retirement or redundancy, bereavement or ill health.”