Men’s Sheds are spaces men can create, converse and connect. There is no limit to the creativity we see coming out of the Sheds, so naturally as today is Star Wars day check out this great video of one of our Shedders making something we think even the first order would relish!Continue Reading
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
Notice of the 4th Annual General Meeting of the UK Men’s Shed’s Association has been given to members. The AGM will be held at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN at 2.30pm on Tuesday 3rd September 2019.
Minutes of the 2018 AGM, The Trustees’ Annual Report and financial statements for 2019 and details of proposals are available to members of the CIO here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0300 772 9626.
UK Men’s Sheds Association targets further growth as it also unveils partnership with woodcare specialist Ronseal.
The life-changing Men’s Sheds movement is continuing to go from strength to strength with the opening of the 500th UK Men’s Shed in the village of Blewbury, Oxfordshire.
Having first launched in the UK in 2013, Men’s Sheds have grown in popularity to become invaluable community spaces for people to connect, create and have fun.
They host similar activities to garden sheds – including woodwork, DIY and general making – but for the purpose of bringing groups of people together. Indeed the community ethos behind Men’s Sheds has been highly effective at reducing loneliness and social isolation in areas right across the country, including among the elderly and retired.
A survey of shed members by the UK Men’s Sheds Association, the support body for Men’s Sheds in the UK, found that 97% reported making new friends as a result of regular attendance at a Men’s Shed, while 89% reported a decrease in depression. The association also reports that the volunteering value of ‘shedders’ supporting the local community each year is an estimated £10.5m.
The opening of the 500th shed reflects the significant growth of the movement in the UK, which has seen the number of sheds increase by 66% in the last three years, having previously reached the 300 mark in May 2016.
The UK Men’s Sheds Association, reports that sheds now provide a welcoming social space for around 12,000 members right across the country, from Helmsmade in the Highlands of Scotland to St Austell in Cornwall, and all major cities in between.
BlewShed in Blewbury has become the 500th UK Men’s Shed after co-founder Mike Magnay was inspired to hear about the work of a Men’s Shed in Southampton while on holiday.
Mike, 74 and a retired electrical engineer, decided that he and other members of the community in Blewbury could benefit from such a space.
Having gauged interest from local people, he worked with the parish council to secure access to a former scouts’ hall which has now been converted into a shed complete with workbenches and tools donated by members of the community.
Mike says: “When I heard about the Men’s Sheds movement I immediately thought it was a brilliant way of bringing people together around something creative and fun.
“Men aren’t always the best at making new friends or talking to one another, but get them around a piece of wood or a DIY task and it’s amazing how they to open up. We’ve had a great response to the new shed, with over 30 members already signed up.”
In addition to the opening of the 500th shed, the UK Men’s Sheds Association is excited to announce a new partnership with British woodcare specialist Ronseal.
The partnership includes sponsorship by Ronseal of a series of DIY skills sessions at The Manchester Men’s Shed in Moss Side, beginning this summer. The plan is to roll out the skills sessions to more sheds in future, helping to add further momentum to the already fast-growing Men’s Sheds movement.
Charlie Bethel, Chief Officer of UK Men’s Sheds Association, said: “The opening of the 500th shed is a real cause for celebration. Since the Men’s Sheds movement began in the UK, we’ve seen sheds right across the country make a huge difference to the lives of their members and the communities they support. The new partnership with Ronseal is further evidence that the Men’s Sheds movement is going from strength to strength as we continue to bring in new partners and offer new skills and services through Men’s Sheds.”
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.
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/.