This site provides information about Men's Sheds and resources that will help you develop one, whether you are an individual or an existing organization.
The Association was formed in March 2013 at a meeting attended by 25 people from all parts of the UK except N.I. It aims to promote Men's Sheds and to help their development by coming together to share our experience, ideas and enthusiasm including through this website. OUr first AGM was held on 25th June 2014.
A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.
A Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) and may iinclude activities as varied as bike repair, gardening, vehicle repair, tool renovation, upholstery, boat renovation, model engineering, milling, turning in plastics, etc. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members.
Whether you are an individual or an organisation interested in creating a Shed or in supporting their development we hope you will register your interest with us so that we can build a community to take this movement forward.
"Fixing, making and re-using materials has given me the motivation to improve my rented home. It improved my mental state and it gave me hope."