Shoulder to shoulder
Jonathan Ingrams tells us about his new project, the Workbench
SOME TIME AGO, WHILE LIVING IN AUSTRALIA on a teaching exchange, I learned about the Men's Shed project. As a man who was dealing with some difficult and stressful issues (father dying and being so far from home, as well as surgery to remove a significant brain tumour that had caused temporary blindness), I really appreciated the concept and healing power of 'shoulder to shoulder' working with another man. As a design and technology teacher, I knew of the therapeutic and restorative power of creativity and developing practical skills. I wanted to make a workshop more accessible to people in need. There was no reason either that this workshop should be just for men.
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