A COMMUNITY group for men to socialise and learn new skills has found a temporary new home after water damaged its Ardrossan base.

The Three Towns Men's Shed has had to close its Glasgow Street hub for the time being "due to the ingress of water onto the electrics" making the building "temporarily unsafe".

A statement shared on social media on Wednesday (February 1), said: "We are attempting to find temporary nearby premises to meet and we will let everyone know as soon as we have secured a location.

"We apologise for the temporary closure but the safety of our members is paramount."

The group appealed for offers of help before the AGM on February 28 at The Frank Sweeney Centre, where members are hopeful of providing a positive update on the situation.

The Facebook post added: "If anyone has a suggestion where we could accommodate about 30 persons from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, please let us know."

And in a further update today (Thursday), the group confirmed it will be able to convene at the Ardrossan Youth Centre in Stanley Road from next Tuesday (February 7) at 10am.

A statement added: "This will not include shed activities in the meantime, it will simply be a place to convene and chat around a tea/coffee."

The Three Towns Men's Shed moved into the Glasgow Street unit at the end of 2021 and the group is one of four in North Ayrshire.

Last month, a member of the Garnock Valley Men's Shed explained how the group has 'saved his life' - amid fears that state funding is set to be cut for the community movement.

Talks remain ongoing between Scottish Government ministers and the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association over reversing the decision to slash the charity’s discretionary funding.

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