Visit to The Squirrel’s Nest Men’s Shed Tondu

It was a great pleasure for Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones and Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies to visit The Squirrel’s Nest in April.The visit was an opportunity to speak to a members about their experiences and why they see this unit as a lifeline.

The Squirrel’s Nest is a small charity workshop and is based at the Tondu Enterprise Centre and part of Men’s Sheds. It is a place where people can come and spend time making items out of wood. Men’s Sheds is a new way for men to pursue their interests, develop new ones, belong to a unique group, feel useful and fulfilled and have a sense of belonging. They are seen as a practical way to encourage friendship, companionship and lifelong learning. In Wales, the Men’s Sheds movement continues to grow and there are just under 40 Men’s Sheds. There are also a number of Women’s Sheds that have been set up.

Mr Jones said “It was great to have a tour of the unit and to see all the tools and workstations. The unit is very spacious and bigger than their previous unit. At the workshop, the members repair things and make things such as carts, chairs, toy box seats and benches. Many of the items they make are for sale. It was also interesting to hear that this Shed is the ‘go-to shed’ for others who are thinking of setting up their own Men’s Shed.”