Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson highlights support for Men's Sheds




Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has highlighted his support for Men’s Sheds operating throughout his rural constituency.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP was speaking in a debate in the Scottish Parliament, where he highlighted the Men’s Sheds operating in Dalbeattie, Balmaclellan and Stoneykirk.

While Mr Carson stressed the benefits of Men’s Sheds in helping to reduce social isolation, he also raised his concerns about potential legislation that would hinder future Men’s Sheds operations.

Having raised concerns of local ‘shedders’ over more red tape, Mr Carson used the debate to again voice his opposition against a one-size fits all approach for Men’s Sheds.

Commenting afterwards Finlay Carson MSP said: “Men’s Sheds are hugely beneficial particularly in rural communities, where social isolation remains a huge problem.

“It has been very pleasing to see Men’s Sheds operate successfully across my constituency and I am looking forward to a further visit to Dalbeattie in the near future.

“The reason they have been successful is because they have been self-sufficient and have been ran in the way the members wish to see.

“That is why I am concerned about the threat of a one-size fits all approach which could see legislation brought in regarding future operations with Men’s Sheds.

“What may work well in my constituency might not well work elsewhere and that is the danger of over-arching legislation.

“I will be continuing to raise my concerns with the Scottish Government to ensure that Men’s Sheds can remain self-sufficient going forward.”