One Shedder’s adventures down under

We featured an article in Shoulder to Shoulder 053 – July from Martin Young from Dunstable Men’s Shed, who travelled around Australia and New Zealand, starting in November 2018, visiting Sheds along the way.

Martin shared that there were several things he learned from the Sheds he stopped off at, and he has now developed a blog for those looking to read more about his journey and experiences with those Sheds.

To read more about Martin’s experiences, you can visit his blog at martinsonline.travel.blog




Last calls for Shed of the Year!

There’s still time to nominate either yourselves, or another Shed you know as Shed of the Year, but be quick, entries are closing on Sunday 18th August. This year we are extending our celebrations of Sheds and having a Shed of the Year Awards dinner. Follow this link to download a nomination form.

Along with the 5 awards celebrating Men’s Sheds, we are welcoming Chris Fisher RPT as our keynote speaker, which we are incredibly excited about. Chris is the first registered blind woodturner to be awarded the prestigious honour of being accepted on the Register of Professional Turners (RPT). You can find out more about Chris on his website here.

The awards are taking place at 5pm at University of Worcester Arena. Tickets are £15 per head, and include the evening meal and the chance to hear some incredible Shed stories from across the UK, and hear more of Chris’ inspiring story. You can book tickets at shedoftheyear2019.eventbrite.co.uk. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


UKMSA Shed of the Year 2019

Following the success of last year’s Shed of the Year Award and requests to recognise different aspects of Sheds and volunteers we have expanded the Shed of the Year Awards further this year.

We are pleased to announce four more categories recognising engagement with partners, the community, Health and Well-being together with a category for Volunteer of the Year.  These will accompany the prestigious Shed of the Year award at a Standalone dinner following ShedFest on 3rd September at the University of Worcester Arena, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

The nomination forms are available to download here.

Nominations close midnight, Sunday 18th August 2019.

Tickets are £15 per person for the awards, including an evening meal. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite here.

For more information about the celebrations, contact our Membership & Support Officer, Laura, at admin@ukmsa.org.uk, or call 0300 772 9626.


Veterans Woodcraft Needs Your Vote!

Veterans Woodcraft deliver woodcraft courses to help people battling with suicidal thoughts, PTSD, mental health issues and physical disability, mainly caused by military service.

Though the skills learned and experiences gained through creating items with wood, veterans and civilians are supported to rebuild their lives, increase confidence and develop resilience to support active and fulfilling lives.

The People’s Projects gives you the chance to decide how National Lottery funding can make a difference in your local community.

To vote for Veterans Woodcraft visit
www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/woodcraft-warriors and vote for #woodcraftwarriers

Voting is open between 1st and 15th April 2019.


Men’s Sheds are good for your health!

Between November 2017 and June 2018 UKMSA carried out a survey to discover the impact Sheds can have for Shedders, and what difference they are making across the UK. We also asked what Shedders thought were important topics for UKMSA to include at ShedFest 2018, taking place Saturday 17th November at University of Worcester Arena. For more details about ShedFest, click here.

With over 470 Sheds now open, 130 Sheds in development and an estimated 11,000 Shedders, it is clear from the growth of Men’s Sheds and the results of our survey that Men’s Sheds have a really positive impact on the well being of the many Shedders and volunteers who are now involved and the communities they support.

There has been a 47% growth of Sheds in just 2 years, and the health benefits Shedders told us about included alleviation of anxiety, decreases in depression and feelings of loneliness lessened.

Sheds are not just good for individuals, they’re great ways to meet new people and make new friendships, helping Shedders feel more engaged and connected to their communities. With an estimated £10.5 million worth of volunteering hours in community, the benefits go beyond the Shed and into their local communities.

During ShedFest 2018 we’ll be sharing in more detail the difference Shedders have said that being involved in Men’s Sheds makes to their lives, and we’ll be sending the information to member Sheds so they can use it to support funding bids and their case for support from their local councils and communities.

Our survey also highlighted that professional health groups and the NHS are finally recognising these benefits to lifestyle health – with Sheds now receiving social prescribing requests.

To support Sheds deciding if social prescribing is right for them, we will be hosting a workshop looking at what ‘Social Prescribing’ is, and how Sheds can get involved if they choose to. For more details about the workshops at ShedFest, visit https://menssheds.org.uk/shedfest-2018-workshops-2/.

If you have any comments or thoughts about the role of Sheds and social prescriptions, why not share your views on our forum topic – https://menssheds.org.uk/forums/topic/social-prescribing-and-sheds/.



Shed of the Year 2018

UKMSA are pleased to open nominations for Shed of the Year

UKMSA recognise Sheds that make a difference in their local communities, members and exemplify the Shed movement. To qualify to be a Shed of the Year, you must be a current member of UKMSA.

Tell us your story

  • Are you changing your community?
  • Are you making a difference locally?
  • Are you innovative?
  • Do you transform lives?
  • Are you up-cycling or repurposing materials and products?
  • How does your Shed make a difference?

If you can answer any of these questions, we invite you to nominate your Shed for Shed of the Year.

Click here to download a nomination form

To qualify to be a Shed of the Year, you must be a current member of UKMSA.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Monday 29th October, 2018 to admin@ukmsa.org.uk

ShedFest 2018 – save the date!

ShedFest 2018 has been announced by UKMSA.

The all-things-Shed-related event will be taking place on Saturday 17th November 2018 at University of Worcester Arena between 9am and 5.30pm.

The UKMSA team are still finalising the programme and confirming which exhibitors are attending. Follow this link for more information about ShedFest 2018. You can also register your interest for the exciting event with our Membership and Support Officer Laura, by emailing admin@ukmsa.org.uk, or calling 0300 772 9626.