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Men’s Sheds

Men’s Sheds are local groups giving men opportunities for friendship, support and a sense of belonging. The activities can be similar to those of garden sheds, however, how each individual shed looks and the activities that take place in them depend entirely on the skills and interests of the group.

While many are wood-working groups there is also a huge array of other activity on offer. Shedders are artists, collectors, story-tellers, amateur radio enthusiasts, train spotters, model makers. Anyone is welcome and any interest, skill or project is given equal consideration – especially if it could attract new members or gain valuable income to support the development of the entire group. Men’s Sheds meetings tend to take place at community spaces such as allotments and community centres.

To find a Men’s Shed group near you, visit

Bridgend SHOUT older person’s forum

Bridgend SHOUT forum works with Age Cymru, local government, health providers and other organisations to participate in consultations relating to the Bridgend area, Western Bay Health Board area and on national issues if they affect over 50s. Board members represent SHOUT and Bridgend over 50s on a number of working groups at a local and national level with information fed back to members at monthly meetings and through the Facebook page ‘SHOUT Bridgend County’ and twitter page @SHOUTBridgend.

Bridgend Shout forum meet monthly at the Evergreen Hall, Angel Street:

Love 2 Walk

Love2Walk run a schedule of regular led walks throughout the year, bringing together members of the community to keep active while exploring the local area. Activities are across the county borough at various locations, and there is also an annual walking festival which takes place during the summer.

Love2Walk is also keen to support volunteers interested in being trained to lead walks. To view local walking routes in Bridgend County please visit

For further information call 01656 642081 or email


Olympage participants

The OlympAge programme involves carrying out modified games suitable for older people in care settings with the aim of getting people moving about and being more active. The programme also acts as a tool to improve mental wellbeing by giving participants a sense of purpose and opportunities to socialise with others.

Participants are able to take part in regular exercise as part of the programme, which includes playing adapted games such as boccia, new-age kurling, basketball, target throw and bounce ball. Cultural OlympAge sessions have also been introduced in these settings, which focus on the important role that culture can play in supporting mental wellbeing.

An annual OlympAge Games ceremony takes place to celebrate the work being done to enrich the lives of older people in Bridgend County Borough, bringing people together for a day of fun activities and socialising with others.

To find out more about the OlympAge programme contact Bridgend County Borough’s Prevention and Wellbeing Team on 01656 815215 or email