Bernard Sunley Foundation Community Centre Grant

Has the lockdown put paid to the great plans you had for your Men’s Shed? Good news is there’s support to get things back up and running!

The Bernard Sunley Foundation awards grants for the building or refurbishment of scout huts, village halls, community centres, youth clubs, boxing clubs, outdoor activity centres, farm and outdoor learning centres, sports centres and pavilions, playing fields and playgrounds. They also fund the purchase of new minibuses that assist those most in need in their local communities.

Visit their website for more

Please be advised Bernard Sunley Foundation only support registered charities.

Not sure where to begin getting your Shed charitable status?
Sign up for a UK Men’s Sheds Membership and we’ll help you with this and more! Phone: 0300 772 9626 or Email:

Meet Jo Phillips, Men’s Sheds Trustee and West Midlands Ambassador

2020 has certainly been challenging for Men’s Sheds and the wider voluntary sector. This year marks twenty years since I changed my career to join the voluntary sector. I began recruiting volunteers for local community groups, in those days I worked from a small town centre shop. Twenty years later, my work is now in national charity strategic and operational management. Community development and volunteer enablement remain at the heart of my work. 

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Patron’s Corner

I hope that you are all coping with the strange way of life that we wake up to every morning. It still seems surreal to be joining queues to gain access to the shops. Nicola and I keep our face masks with us at all times.

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Redditch community Shed

We shut our shed do in March due to COVID 19. Firstly because some members have health issues and secondly, we were outgrowing the unit capacity numbers which was compounded further by social distancing. This led to the sad decision after four months, to give notice and stop paying rent for a unit we could no longer use.

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Silvers Workshop receives ASDA Refresher Kit

It was a great surprise to The Silvers’ Workshop, Reading to receive a call from Jacqueline Fieldsend, ASDA Tilehurst, Community Champion. She was interested in knowing when we hoped to re-open the Workshop and if a representative could meet her at the Tilehurst store to discuss our plans.

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Projects and Fundraising: Liss Shed

It was the third week of July in 2019. A public meeting was held to see if there was any interest starting a Men’s Shed for Liss and District. Amazingly twenty six enthusiastic people attended, it was really something to behold! By September a committee was formed, followed by launch of the project at the village Christmas Fair in early December.

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