Fundraising without the effort!

In case you missed the easyfundraising session at last weeks ShedFest, don’t forget you can register your Shed and start raising free money too. As mentioned in the session easyfundraising is an online shopping website that fits in very well with other fundraising activities and will run along in the background with very little effort required. Dalbeattie Shed have raised nearly £200! Just let your Shedders and other supporters in the community know that they can support you when they shop online without it costing them a penny! For more information visit here http://efraising.org/mu38jhPtAK


Thank you ShedFest 2020!

Lockdown provided a real challenge to our preparations for ShedFest this year and we had to ask: 

Could we host it? What would it look like? What would work? What do people want to know and how do we keep it interesting for everyone?
Thanks to the support of the Trustees, Staff, Ambassadors, Shedders and many of our partners we were able to provide a balanced programme, hopefully with something for everyone. In actual fact our audience went much further than we originally anticipated including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Germany and the US including the British Isles. We’ve had several contacts since with people wanting to engage more and share our work.

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Get 5% OFF all orders!

Peter Sefton and the Furniture School made a special offer for Shedders at ShedFest 2020.
Get 5% OFF all orders @woodworkersworkshop using the code ‘shedfest2020’.Quality tools from the finest brands including; Armor Tool, Ashley Iles, Clifton, FastCap, Fisher, iGaging, INCRA, JessEm, Micro Jig, Narex, PantoRouter, Woodpeckers, WoodRiver, Veritas and own brand AUKTools.Plus, FREE UK Delivery on all orders over £30 within the UK Mainland, Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Scottish Islands. Subject to terms and conditions www.woodworkersworkshop.co.uk The offer ends at Midnight 31st July 2020.


Slowly does it!

In the last week there has been some excitement in England around the doors of Sheds being able to open. We have been waiting for further guidance and below are relevant ‘snippets’ from the UK’s Governments Frequently Asked Questions and Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community centres.

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COVID-19 Update

UKMSA take great interest in the government’s latest easing of lockdown. We are awaiting guidance from ACRE, and government agencies, with regards the news that community centres can open. We once again would advise Sheds to read the guidance under COvid-19 on the UKMSA website (https://menssheds.org.uk/covid-19/). Advice on our website will be updated as and when new information becomes available. Two metres is still the advised social distancing requirement, which we recommend Sheds adhere to. We will update Sheds both directly and through social media as and when we have further information and guidance. ACRE and other agencies are expected to put out guidance in the next two to three days. We appreciate lockdown is and has been challenging during this time and are eagerly anticipating the return to Shed life.


COVID-19 Guidance for unlocking Sheds

Across the country Shedders are asking, when can we re-open and what will we need to put in place?

In partnership with other Shed Associations and Sheds, we have developed a document that will hopefully help you with your thought process and what you may want to consider when opening your Shed.

We fully understand the dilemma for Sheds and Shedders and we hope you follow the guidance until such time that it is both legal and safe to open your Sheds. As we receive more information or ideas from Sheds and partners we will update this document here on the UKMSA website.
Stay safe!

Unlocking the Shed should be a useful supplement to the guidance from Public Health agencies and Governments. Click the boxes below to download resource packs.


Men’s Sheds Music Playlist

We’ve compiled a playlist of our fav homegrown music by Men’s Sheds! Nothing better than a knees up to chase the COVID blues away from the comfort of your own living room! Get stuck in!


Help to Tackle Loneliness

(DEADLINE 7 MAY, MIDNIGHT)

We are encouraging UK Sheds to join in the effort to tackle loneliness in the UK. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness is running a major independent inquiry into loneliness. Since before social distancing and self-isolation one out of five people across the UK identifies as feeling often lonely.

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Dealing with change!

As I write this contribution, my first since being named as Patron for UK Men’s Sheds Association, the Midlands Woodworking Show at Newark and Makers Central, as well as several other events, have been postponed until later in the year, due to coronavirus. It is a wise precaution and at least the weather might have warmed up by the time the events are rescheduled!

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