The Armadale Shed, a new space in West Lothian for local people to meet and be creative, has been officially opened by Angela Constance MSP; Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities in Scotland.
The once derelict ground floor of the Gospel Hall in the centre of Armadale has been transformed following investment from the Scottish Government People and Communities Fund, Big Lottery Fund and the West Lothian Council Town Centre Improvement Fund, into a busy community hub.
Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, part of Places for People Group, owns the building and has led the physical renovation, together with local people who have equipped and designed the workspace.
The original 'Men's Shed' movement began in Australia, bringing members together to share tools and resources in a safe and friendly venue. The Armadale Shed welcomes men and women as members to meet and share the skills needed for their own hobbies, as well as community projects.
In 2013, after seeing a programme about the Men's Shed movement, Castle Rock Edinvar's Heather Macnaughton realised the potential of the former joinery workshop.
"Given Armadale's industrial past and the location of the building in the heart of the town centre, creating a place where people could come together to make things and share expertise seemed the right thing to do.
I am proud of what has been achieved by the hard work and effort of so many people pooling their knowledge and skill and creating what we believe will become one of the best Sheds in Scotland."
"This funding has enabled Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association to establish a thriving community hub that will provide a range of opportunities and support for local people."
Members of the local community interested in using the new facilities should call 0501 735796 or drop in.