September is traditionally a time of year that brings people together. The month’s Irish-language name, Meán Fómhair, refers literally to the ancient communal practice of bringing in the harvest. September sees new friendships forged and old ones renewed as schools and universities reconvene, and parents and grandparents breathe a sigh of relief. For many shedders, September means a welcome return to new challenges and familiar faces at their local shed.
Since 2012, September has also functioned as World Alzheimer’s Month. As part of its Sheds for Life initiative, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association has partnered with the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign to dispel some of the myths around both Alzheimer’s disease and the broader issue of dementia. It’s an issue that touches many shedders, whether through direct personal experience or the experiences of loved ones.