Carluke Men's Shed members move into their new home
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The group was formerly based at the OneCan site in Carluke but had outgrown the space and needed a permanent base of its own to operate from.
Members identified the former cemetery keeper's house on Kilmory Road, Carluke, and have successfully applied for and been granted a five-year lease.
John Lindsay, chairperson of Carluke Men’s Shed, said: “We are delighted to have recently taken lease of 1 Kilmory Road Carluke.
“This asset transfer was completed and the keys handed over with the amazing help in all aspects of this transfer by the council.
“Their support made this all possible.
“We now have a happy bunch of people working hard to breathe new life into this building. Onwards and upwards and many thanks for all the assistance.”
Men’s Sheds across South Lanarkshire are supported by the council’s Seniors Together project, which aims to improve the quality of life of older people across the area.
The project has a dedicated men’s shed development worker, Paul Creechan, who also supports the wider South Lanarkshire Men’s shed network.
Paul said: “It’s great news that Carluke Men’s Shed now has new premises which will allow the group to grow, attract new members and continue with the great work they are doing in the community.”
The Community Asset Transfer scheme is operated under the Community Empowerment Scotland Act 2015 and entitles any suitably constituted community group to apply to lease or purchase land from relevant authorities which includes local councils.
If you are a local community group and would like to know more about the opportunities for asset transfer in the South Lanarkshire Council area, email [email protected].
The Scottish Men’s Sheds Association supports Scotland’s Shedders and their supporters to create Men’s Sheds in their community to benefit their health and well-being across Scotland.
To find out more, visit scottishmsa.org.uk.