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Woodwork skills are perfect lesson for Redditch folk

Imogen Buller 24th Oct, 2017

REDDITCH youngsters have been bridging the generation gap and learning some new skills this week with Redditch Community Sheds project.

Children from Holyoakes Field First School visited the workshop, previously run as Men in Sheds, last Thursday (October 12) to continue work on their hedgehog houses.

To tie in with their school work, where the pupils have been reading the The Hodgeheg, a group of eight pupils will go each week to help out and learn basic woodwork skills. The Hodgeheg book follows the story of Max, the hedgehog to help illustrate road safety for children.

Based at the Old Needleworks on Britten Street, the concept ‘Men in Sheds’ was backed by Age UK. This funding has now been lost but stalwart Roly Duke decided to keep the project going and broaden its appeal.

Now named ‘Redditch Community Sheds’ the scheme aims to pass on new skills, combat loneliness, provide a welcoming social side and sense of worth, as well as be productive.

A spokesperson for Holyoakes said: “We are really pleased to be forging links with the Old Needle Works and would like to say a big thank-you to the men from Community Sheds for working with us.”

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