And so Breightmet Hub Men in Sheds project is into its second year, the project itself funded by Bolton at Home and held every Wednesday morning at the Breightmet community Hub site off New Lane offers activities to Men who have become socially isolated for whatever reason.
Our position as Bolton Urban Growers is running the food growing side of the project, whilst supporting and working with the Men in Sheds project, there is much synergy and cross over in our work as I have briefly mentioned in earlier posts.
Leave your competition at the door
One thing that is immediately and noticeably absent at the Shed project is the petty competitive alpha male nonsense of the workplace. The way things work with ourselves and Men in Sheds tutor Landrover Dave is that whoever has certain specific skills in some discipline will take the lead in whatever work is being carried out.
Having worked in both the low paid low skill areas of employment whilst growing up in Salford, and the field of education and community work later in my work life it is refreshing to see that there is some sort of level playing field in how we work together on site, ideas are encouraged to bloom in our work. Nobody is left out, nobody is demeaned through lack of skills and knowledge, and most importantly we all share skills and banter along the way.
Onward and upwards
One recent development at the site that is definitely worthy of a mention is the fact that the group has now become a constituted group, and will be looking at applying for funding later on in the summer to continue to develop the project into the future so that it might serve the same purpose for other members of the community as it does for its members. The Breightmet Community Hub group now consists of Men in Sheds, food Growing on the Hub, and the Red Lane allotment site. After speaking to Bolton at Homes Tony Cottam earlier today who funds the site and its projects. we will also be delivering accredited horticulture at the site during the summer.