The fourth lecture in the School of Nursing and Midwifery ‘Tell Me About’ public lecture series 2017/18 takes place on Thursday 29 March

Men’s Sheds – building the wellbeing of men in the community

Presented by Barry Sheridan, CEO Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) & Edel Byrne Health & Wellbeing Manager IMSA 

Men’s Sheds are open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. The men come from a variety of backgrounds and are more likely to be unemployed/retired/semi-retired from both urban and rural locations throughout the island. The median age of men’s sheds members is approx. 60 years with around three out of ten men between 40-59 years. Aside from the direct benefit to the health and wellbeing of members, sheds also benefit other in the community, such as families and friends of members, who report improved relationships and better integration of elderly, retired and unemployed people.

Barry Sheridan has been CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association since 2014. Barry has gained a wealth of senior management experience working in diverse local development, social inclusion and SME projects. Barry’s experience includes designing, implementing and management of innovative strategic plans in the non profit sector while working in areas as social inclusion, unemployment, enterprise and education. It has also facilitated his understanding of the benefits that creative programmes can have development of Irish society.

Edel Byrne: with a Degree in Spatial Planning from DIT and Masters in Health Promotion from the NUIG, Edel Byrne has worked extensively in the area of health promotion in the community and workplace setting within the NGO sector and most recently in the area of preventive medicine and health promotion in the clinical setting. She is responsible for supporting the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the men’s sheds members through the design and coordination the IMSA’s Sheds for Life initiative, which aims to build on the established health-promotion qualities of men’s sheds.

Date: Thursday 29 March 2018
Time:  5.15pm-6.15pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57,  School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin


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