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Inverness renovation work playing a key role in helping to bolster men’s wellbeing

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Members of the Inverness Men's Shed are delighted with the donation of materials from Norbord. Picture: Gary Anthony
Members of the Inverness Men’s Shed are delighted with the donation of materials from Norbord. Picture: Gary Anthony

Renovation work on a derelict pavilion in Inverness is boosting men’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of the Inverness Men’s Shed are restoring the building in the grounds of Millburn Academy, which will serve as its new home.

The £115,000 project, which is helping to reduce social isolation, has also been given a welcome boost with the donation of materials from Inverness construction company, Tulloch, and wood panel manufacturer, Norbord, at Morayhill.

Alan Michael, chairman of Inverness Men’s Shed, said the group was extremely grateful as the pandemic had curtailed fundraising efforts to complete the restoration of the 1930s pavilion.

“The cost of these materials doesn’t bear thinking about,” Mr Michael said.

“It will enable us to make a significant difference to the refurbishment of the building and allow us to be able to re-open again which will be fantastic.”

It would also make a significant difference in reducing the £30,000 still needed for the restoration.

After the group outgrew its previous base in Gordon Terrace, Highland Council agreed the asset transfer of the pavilion on a 99-year lease.

It hopes to resume activities in its new home by this autumn.

“The whole place has not been used for many, many years and requires considerable refurbishment,” Mr Michael said.

“It is amazing how well the guys have come on with doing the work.

“They have been able to work on different parts of the building so have been able to observe social distancing.”

He also said members had joined in online meetings and kept in contact during the lockdown.

“It is so vitally important at a time like this,” he said.

“It has been a lifeline for some.”

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