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Barry Sheridan CEO, Men’s Sheds Association
Barry Sheridan is CEO of Irish Men’s Sheds Association. It’s mission is to support the rapid development of the burgeoning Men’s Sheds movement throughout the island of Ireland. A Men’s Shed is any community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men. Men’s sheds may look like a shed in you back yard yet they innovatively share some characteristics of both community education and health promotion projects.
The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information the network of men’s shed in Ireland. We also act as a representative body to carry the message and ethos of men’s sheds onto the national stage. As a grassroots organisation, we believe strongly in the autonomy of each individual shed, as we strive for a future in which all men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms within their own communities.
Darren Ryan, CEO, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Darren Ryan is CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), a not-for-profit organisation which supports social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to tackle Ireland’s social problems. Its mission is to find people with solutions to social problems and support them on every step of their journey. Since its foundation in 2004, SEI has supported more than 300 social entrepreneurs..