A PIONEERING project in Galashiels to address men's loneliness is hitting the high street.

Since Gala Men's Shed opened in 2014 it has continued to go from strength to strength with members of all ages regularly attending the workshops and sessions.

And now the fruits of their labour will be available at the new Why Not? Store on Channel Street.

The move comes after a plea was made by the Langlee-based shedders for an outlet to sell their wares.

Local councillor Euan Jardine put two and two together and secured a place within the new indoor retail complex.

Speaking after visiting the shop on opening day, Councillor Euan Jardine said: “It was great to see a new store open in Galashiels but most importantly, a store that is giving opportunity to a charity like the Men’s Shed.

"I was impressed at how quickly the owners got in touch.

"It really shows that they care about the community they now have a part in.”

Why Not? took over the former M&Co shop last month.

The business has already operated in a former North Berwick supermarket for the past six years, helping over 400 independent crafters, small businesses and community groups to sell their products.

Since its recent opening in Galashiels, several local businesses have taken advantage of the sales space.

Whynot? Owner Jenny Potter said: “We are delighted to be working with the Men’s Shed.

"They are a really positive bunch of guys that are very talented and we wish them every success as we continue to work with them in the future.”

Among the items the shedders will be selling at their Why Not? stance are children's toys, candle holders, decorative ornaments and wooden bowls.

Gala Men’s Shed chairman Paul Bertram told us: “We were really thankful for Why Not? getting in touch as a lot of these items were in the shed and not going anywhere.

"It is great that we can now start to get an income and hopefully encourage others to come along to the Men’s Shed.

"We really appreciate the support from Jenny Potter and look forward to continuing the partnership."

Since the arrival of Men's Sheds in the Borders hundreds of men of all ages have benefitted from the initiative.

Men’s Shed champion John Greenwell explained: “Men’s Sheds are now becoming an integral part of our communities, and the support that our communities are giving to sheds and the shedders that use them has been overwhelming.

"Social isolation in retired men has been identified as one of the main factors in older men’s poor health and being part of the Men’s Shed movement has helped raise the health and wellbeing of shedders.”