June 21, 2018
Men living in rural communities are at higher risk for loneliness and social isolation, factors that directly influence their health and wellbeing.Â In a one year study, IHLCDP Associate Dr. Nelly Oelke, and her team are teaming up with the Okanagan Menâ€™s Shed Association to deliver and evaluate a mobile Menâ€™s Shed to rural communities in the Southern Okanagan Similkameen.Â 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 Menâ€™s Sheds. Menâ€™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 Menâ€™s Sheds enhance menâ€™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 Menâ€™s Shed Association.Â This research is funded by the SSHRC. Funding from the New Horizons program has enabled the Okanagan Menâ€™s Shed Association to build a mobile shed and take it out to rural communities.
Listen to webinar focusing on Menâ€™s Sheds with Dr. Nelly Oelke, Dr. John Oliffe, and Art Post
June 19, 2018 â€“Â Menâ€™s Shed presentation
For more information, please visit Okanagan Menâ€™s Shed Association.