Street Men's shed meeting on a Tuesday morning

Cosyfeet is backing Street Men’s Shed with a £750 cash injection to purchase a metal working lathe and as well as other tools and materials.

The funding has been made available from Cosyfeet’s £750 Community Project Award for Somerset, which is given annually to a local, non-profit initiative, geared towards enriching the lives of older people.

Street Men’s Shed provides a meeting place for men to meet, communicate and create using the tools and equipment provided. There are currently 54 members, most of whom are men aged over 65, although membership is open to all.
Members use the Men’s Shed facilities for a diverse range of projects including making furniture and fencing as well as restoring objects such as grandfather clocks, vintage radios and fishing rods. They also benefit from socialising with other members, bringing a shared sense of community and purpose.

Street Men’s Shed is facing uncertainty over whether it will remain at its current premises in The Tanyard due to an imminent change of leaseholder. Members are hoping to be given permission to stay once the lease changes hands at the end of November.

“Although we are not yet certain whether we will remain at The Tanyard, we have a great deal of local support and a strong future ahead of us,” says Club Secretary, Brian Bastable. “This award will enable us to invest in much-needed equipment for the benefit of our members.”

Cosyfeet makes extra roomy footwear for people with swollen feet and has an active policy of giving back to the communities it serves. Launched in 2014, the Cosyfeet Community Project Award for Somerset offers a one-off donation of £750 to a local registered charity or not-for-profit organisation working on a project that supports and enriches the lives of older people.

Trevor Brooks (left) and Mike Smith (right) at Street Men's Shed

For more information on the Cosyfeet Community Project Award for Somerset visit www.cosyfeet.com/communityprojectaward

For more information on Street Men’s Shed see www.streetmensshed.btck.co.uk or visit unit 10, The Tanyard, Leigh Road on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons.