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Dorchester Men's Shed needs help

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Published at 8:39am 5th July 2017. (Updated at 11:55am 5th July 2017)

A local community workshop is under threat.

The Dorchester Men's Shed provides woodwork classes to men and women to help prevent loneliness and provide social interaction.

The Shed is based at Whitfield, a site which is leased by Future Roots from the NHS.

Future Roots, which runs the County Men's Club and providing outdoor countryside activities to young people with disabilities or who are struggling in school or in life generally, are trying to purchase the site from the NHS for an agreed price of £175,000.

So far they've raised pledges of £50,000 towards this purchase and are seeking funding from others for the remaining £125,000.

They've told Wessex FM that unfortunately, no other potential funders have come forward and the NHS have given Future Roots until mid-July to raise the funds.

A spokesman from the Dorchester Men's Shed said: "Failure to secure the site will mean that the Dorchester Men's Shed will need to relocate and rebuild their workshop.  In addition the Countrymen will lose their allotments and greenhouses; the facilities for training children and adults will be lost to the community."

They're now asking people to pledge towards the £125,000 urgently required.

They say that will enable Future Roots and the Dorchester Men's Shed to continue to expand the facilities which help loneliness and provide space for groups of like-minded people to get together that help to prevent mental health issues in later life.

If you are able to make a pledge towards the target sum, please contact julie@futureroots.net .

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