VINCI UK Foundation awards £3,000 to charitable organisation for men’s health and wellbeing in the Republic of Ireland

Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed, part of the Men’s Shed Association in Co. Roscommon, Ireland, is a community shed that provides a place for craftwork and social interaction. They will use the funding to purchase the woodworking tools they need to expand the amenities they can offer.

VINCI UK Foundation has granted £3,000 to Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed, a charitable organisation in Co. Roscommon, Ireland that provides a friendly and welcoming meeting place for men to come together, share and develop skills, and meet new people. The funding will be used to purchase woodworking equipment to enable them to expand the amenities on offer at the shed.

According to national statistics, men in Ireland are more likely to experience isolation and loneliness than women; they often have poorer health outcomes and are more likely to die from suicide and other preventable causes.

“Good health is based on many factors, including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and an active mind,” says Pat Towey, Chairperson of Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed. “Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things. The approved funding from the VINCI UK Foundation will be a life changer for our members. So much more is now possible and many more people across all divides will be in a position to explore, learn, improve and upskill.”

In addition to the funding, Danny Ryan, Communications Coordinator at VINCI Energies UK & RoI, became the charity’s sponsor and has volunteered his time and expertise.

“We are very thankful to the VINCI UK Foundation and Danny Ryan for allowing this partnership to happen,” concludes Pat.

As a sign of their gratitude, the members of Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed came together to build a commemorative bench and gifted it to the VINCI UK Foundation.

The Men’s Shed movement began in Australia and has since spread internationally. There are now over 200 Men’s Sheds in Ireland, as well as in several other European countries.

More details can be found at www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk.

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ABOUT VINCI UK Foundation

The original VINCI Foundation was established in France in May, 2002. Since then it has supported more than 2,500 charitable projects, each receiving an average grant of £10,000 and the support of up to four employees. The Foundation distributes more than £3.3 million globally to good causes every year.

The VINCI UK Foundation was launched in early 2016 with the specific goal of promoting social cohesion and fighting exclusion and isolation in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, by combining the skills of VINCI staff with financial assistance to be a long term partner for the community.

Businesses contributing to the VINCI UK Foundation are VINCI Energies UK & RoI, VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Concessions, Bachy Soletanche, Eurovia, Freyssinet and Nuvia.

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