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Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

The Health and Europe Centre


Start Date


End Date


Project budget

4 356 677

ERDF amount

2 614 006

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Men’s health & wellbeing is suffering across the 2Seas area with high & increasing suicide/depression rates. In Kent (PP2) suicide is the highest killer of men aged under 45 and in Schilderswijk (PP6) depression is at 21% of the male population. Men visit their GP on average 20% less than women and delay seeking medical help indicating a level of social exclusion or inertia. Preparation work has highlighted:

    • a demand for community based activities to improve health and wellbeing and reduce vulnerability
    • a need to address social cohesion by intergenerational skills transfer to bring more people into the labour market (male unemployment in Wattrelos is 25.2% and the French unemployment rate nationally is 10%).
      World Economic Forum research indicates that areas with higher employment tend to have lower suicide rates.

    Main Achievements

    SBS continued well in early 2020, with meetings in Ashford in February gearing up for major intervention. COVID hit soon after, reducing working to online (incl. two days of meetings in September), and severely reducing ability of partners to set up Sheds, maintain activity, work with Shedders on Health/Employment issues of WP2, and gather Evaluation data. Partners made significant efforts to mitigate this, but target groups are those instructed to shelter; and services are diverted into COVID activity, or furloughed.

    Some partnership positives:

    • Digital Sheds created, with new or existing Shedders leading and/or participating;
    • Health themes seen as more relevant to target group, increasing the interest in/relevance of SBS;
    • Release of Digital Tool

    Partner highlights:

    • PP2: 4 new virtual sheds; Mental Health Awareness Week and International Mens Day virtual events
    • PP3: digital training/support; significant time 121/group with Shed Leaders; +12 sheds, all COVID-secure; Zoom Health Champion training, interest locally/nationally (emerging health inequalities arising from COVID); Employment Leads training received positive feedback despite limitations in external opportunities (courses or employment)
    • PP4: Quantitative data collection completed, baseline data analysed/reported; baseline report in English, Dutch and French presented to partners and media/policy makers.
    • PP5: Second shed related to gardening, and cooperation with external organisationsto target people without employment or with poor mental health
    • PP6: Wattrelos health fair presented SBS including Health Kiosk. Maintained partnerships (CARSAT, health/insurance services) to provide guidance/ meaningful workshops (health, diet, sports, addiction) and local employment service to help shedders with social rights, law and employment . Workshops with nurse/homecare (covid, heart disease, addiction, diet). Neighbourhood gathering presented wooden games created together.
    • PP8: creation of new shed located in very deprived neighbourhood, which will make shedders more engaged with SBS project sustainable.
    • PP11: In addition to the digital tool, Health MOT Roadshows took place before lockdown. Created promotional leaflets to ensure shedders know how to book a kiosk visit



    Kent County Council

    Hampshire County Council

    University of Chichester

    Bolwerk vzw

    Association des Centres Sociaux de Wattrelos – ACSW

    ADICE - Association pour le Développement des Initiatives Citoyennes et Européennes

    Centre social Jean Ferrat

    Stichting voor de Haagse Jeugd Clubhuizen De Mussen

    Wellbeing People


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    A new gaming-based digital tool to connect people & raise their awareness of physical/mental health & wellbeing.

    Theme: Health care - Social services
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Citizens

    A 2Seas-specific 3rd generation Men’s Shed model covering mental/physical health & wellbeing, skill exchange & pathways to participation & employment

    Theme: Health care - Social services
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - Social enterprises and non-for-profit organisations

    Programme to create champions for health & wellbeing from within the shed/workshop community

    Theme: Health care - Social services
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Citizens - Local, regional and national authorities - Social enterprises and non-for-profit organisations