A FESTIVAL that sees men getting together in sheds is coming to the city with the aim of reducing isolation.

UK Men’s Sheds is an organisation that provides a community space for men to connect and take part in activities with other individuals in the same boat.

Men’s Sheds aims to provide an environment to combat loneliness and where men can meet new friends.

A recent survey showed a 96 per cent reduction in loneliness amongst people attending Sheds (compared to before they attended). This research also showed an 89 per cent reduction in depression and 75 per cent reduction in anxiety amongst the same group.

A recent study showed that there are over 9million lonely people in the UK.

Today (Saturday, November 17) over 250 'Shedders' will descend on the University of Worcester Arena to hold the national ShedFest event, between 9am and 5.30pm.

As part of ShedFest, there will be a number of presentations and an exhibition of tools, craft and a visit from charities, such as Prostate Cancer UK.

Charlie Bethel, ShedFest chief officer, said: “We have a record number of people registered for ShedFest which reflects the growth in the Shed movement and the altruistic desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

“Sheds are amazing environments where men come together and support each other. People make new friendships and new communities are formed.

“One local Shed at Holt Heath is simply known as ‘The Shed’ and they are looking for new members; both men and women, should anyone be interested in giving it a go.”

There are Sheds based in Worcestershire to help the local community by offering workshops to encourage people to form new friendships and develop support groups. To find out more, visit menssheds.org.uk/shedfest2018/