Men living in rural communities are at higher risk for loneliness and social isolation, factors that directly influence their health and wellbeing. In a one year study, IHLCDP Associate Dr. Nelly Oelke, and her team are teaming up with the Okanagan Men’s Shed Association to deliver and evaluate a mobile Men’s Shed to rural communities in the Southern Okanagan Similkameen. This project, the first of its kind, will also help to better understand the mental wellbeing needs of men in these rural communities and build capacity for supporting the development of local Men’s Sheds. Men’s Sheds are designed to bring men together in a space where they can connect with other men and participate in a range of activities. Research has shown that Men’s Sheds enhance men’s mental and physical wellbeing and improve quality of life. Other team members include IHLCDP Associate Dr. Carolyn Szostak, Dennis Jasper, and Art Post, President of the Okanagan Men’s Shed Association. This research is funded by the SSHRC. Funding from the New Horizons program has enabled the Okanagan Men’s Shed Association to build a mobile shed and take it out to rural communities.
Listen to webinar focusing on Men’s Sheds with Dr. Nelly Oelke, Dr. John Oliffe, and Art Post
June 19, 2018 – Men’s Shed presentation
For more information, please visit Okanagan Men’s Shed Association.