Let us know what you think of Ronseal!

Ronseal is a very proud sponsor of the Men’s Shed Association, and continues to be in 2022. In February, Ronseal will hold its annual conference which sets out plans for the coming year and shares them with the wider business. In order to shout about the work Ronseal and MSA are doing together and say why Ronseal will continue to support MSA, it’d be great to have some video footage from members talking about the difference Ronseal’s support has made to the shed environment, their work, what difference and meant it has to you etc?

We’d therefore really appreciate it if a number of members could film a short piece to camera, just on phones it’s great, talking about this, Ronseal as a brand and how you enjoy using the products.

Please email your short video to admin@ukmsa.org.uk, or WhatsApp your video to Laura Winkley on 07763 021018.

Thank you very much for your help!

Research to Promote the Value and Impact of Men’s Sheds

Dear Shedders,

Research to Promote the Value and Impact of Men’s Sheds

UK Men’s Sheds Association has commissioned Starks Consulting to carry out a small research project with our network of Men’s Shed’s across the UK. This research is being supported by the Rayne Foundation and has two principal outcomes:

  • To provide us with research that demonstrates the intrinsic value of Men’s Sheds from a recognised external researcher.
  • To provide case studies, images and video that will be used to create an interactive book that will tell the story of Men’s Sheds.

This research will build upon the Shedder insight survey that gave some really powerful statistics about Men’s Sheds.

In the first instance we will be looking to interview about one hundred Shedders and then we will add to this in the years to come.

This research will enable everyone to tell the story of Men’s Sheds better. It will enable us to tell your story, and the story of your Sheds.

Whilst we will start by targeting some Sheds for this work, it would be fantastic if you can let us know that you would like to be involved.

If interested, please email admin@ukmsa.org.uk or give us a call.

You can find ut more about Starks Consulting here if you wish www.starksconsulting.co.uk.

We thank you in advance for your support with UK Men’s Sheds and for our research to promote the value and impact of Men’s Sheds.

The very best seasons greetings and best wishes,

Charlie Bethel

Helping the hearts of Shedders

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership with London Hearts, a registered charity which specialises in the supply of Defibrillators, related equipment and training all across the UK and Ireland. 

Recent tragic cardiac arrest events involving persons at the peak of their fitness goes to show that heart issues can happen to literally ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

If you go into cardiac arrest, without a defibrillator, you have a 7% chance of survival.  If a defibrillator is used within the first 3-5 minutes, the chances of survival is over 70%.

London Hearts has launched an initiative to assist sheds in obtaining this life-saving equipment.  It is currently offering full funding depending on your location or a grant up to £500 towards the cost of every Defibrillator it supplies which also comes with free online training.

Don’t just take our word for the benefits of this project – here’s a few words from Elaine Curley, coordinator of the Battersea Men’s Shed, who received a fully funded defibrillator and training from London Hearts:

“The men are so grateful to London Hearts Charity for this defibrillator.  The additional instruction in how to use it effectively and how to administer CPR, is invaluable.  These new life skills are ones that potentially could be used in a much wider capacity than just at the Shed.   Whilst we hope to never have to use the defibrillator, having one at Battersea Men’s Shed provides incredible peace of mind and the training has given members the confidence to act swiftly and ably should they ever need to.”

Equipment is available now from London Hearts and can be with you in a matter of days. 

In order to proceed in obtaining a Defibrillator simply complete the short online application via the following link: londonhearts.org/apply-for-a-defib

If you have any queries or wish to discuss obtaining a Defibrillator please contact Kym or Jo at London Hearts by telephone on 02070432493 or by email to:  kym@londonhearts.org

Volunteers at vaccination sites

NHS Volunteer Responders are urgently calling for more Steward Volunteers to support at vaccination sites. Requests for Steward Volunteers have soared in recent weeks and there are thousands of shifts that need filling in sites across the country every day.

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UK Men’s Sheds and Screw-Tite Partnership

UK Men’s Sheds and Screw-Tite have partnered to support Men’s Sheds across the United Kingdom.

July 2021 sees Screw-Tite become the official Screw of UK Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA) in a partnership that will provide support to Men’s Sheds up and down the United Kingdom.

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Your Later Life Campaign Launches Today!

UK Men’s Sheds Association are excited to be supporting the Your Later Life campaign that launched today, on June 23rd, within the Guardian and online at www.yourlaterlife.co.uk.

Your Later Life looks at celebrating and planning for the later years of our lives and featured insightful content from Age UK, Carers UK, Santander and many more, including an article from Dr Chris Manning, founder of Sheddington, about the benefits of Men’s Sheds. You can find Dr Chris’ article about Men’s Sheds in later life online, or on page 8 of the guide in the Guardian today.