Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth South, recently visited the new Men’s Shed in Old Portsmouth. The new ‘shed’ has been started up to give retired men a place to go and socialise with others. Older people are particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income.
“It’s been really interesting visiting the new shed. Social isolation is a real problem in Portsmouth so it’s great that groups and activities like this exist to help tackle it. Many older people find that their families are living outside of Portsmouth so community groups like the new ‘sheds’ are a real lifeline.”