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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.


Linking up with Men’s Pharmacy for World Suicide Prevention Day

On Monday the 10th of September the world comes together to support mental health for World Suicide Prevention Day. Last year 5,821 people took their own lives, and with 75% of those being men, this strikes a sombre chord with us.

To show our support, we’ve linked up with Mens Pharmacy, an online pharmacy based in Wilsmlow, and they’re donating 15% of their days orders to UK Mens Sheds Association. Robbie Toan, Managing Director of Mens Pharmacy ‘Male suicide is one of the biggest killers in society, so we’re delighted to be able to show our commitment to improving mental health, by supporting a fantastic charity that supports Men in an innovative way’.

Please show your support for this great day by tweeting #WSPD18, or donating to a charity that supports mental health.


New National Shed Development Manager

 Kate on a recent Shed visit

UKMSA are delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Gordon as our National Shed Development Manager.

The National Shed Development Manager will manage our Ambassador Programme and have three principal areas of engagement:

  • To support the growth of Sheds and participants in Sheds;
  • To support the recruitment and development of volunteers throughout the Shed network; and
  • To assist in making Sheds sustainable through our networks, promoting opportunities and developing new partnerships.

Kate joins the team on 20th August 2018 and has already been hard at work with supporting our projects and attending a recent Board and Staff awayday.

Kate comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the third sector and is involved with Rubys Yard in Atherstone, which has started developing a Shed.

Charlie Bethel, Chief Officer of UKMSA welcomed Kate and said, ‘Kate’s experience and passion for the movement is the perfect combination to assist us in achieving our shared aspirations for the Shed movement.  We aim to facilitate the development of positive networks across the UK, grow opportunities and respond to the needs of our members. I am sure you will join me with a massive welcome to Kate.’


#ShopForSheds @Waitrose

During June, July and August the UKMSA are featuring as one of the national causes being supported by Waitrose. After shopping online customers are asked to vote for one of three charities and £25,000 will be split according to votes cast.

Please spread the word #ShopForSheds we need all the votes we can get.

This makes it a great time for all Men’s Sheds to approach their local Waitrose branch for a Community Matters nomination form available from the Welcome Desk. Once completed and returned your shed could in with a chance to share £1,000 between 2 other local charities.


Chief Officer Appointed

Charlie Bethel

We welcome Charlie Bethel who has joined the UK Men’s Sheds Association as Chief Officer.

Charlie comes to UKMSA with a wealth of experience from the third sector with over twenty years working in Paralympic Sport.  Charlie is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation where he has a portfolio that includes the Summer Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

Charlie is the former Chief Executive of British Wheelchair Basketball where he led the sport through tremendous growth in both participation and the structure of the organisation.

On joining us Charlie said, ‘I’m tremendously excited about the opportunity of working with the Trustees and everyone involved in Men’s Sheds across the UK.

We’re excited too Charlie.


Chief Officer

We’ve had an awesome response to our advert for a Chief Officer, an almost overwhelming number of applications. Working through them all is going to keep the HR team very busy over the next few days.

It’s great to know how many people want to work with us, and to see the considerable effort they made in completing their applications.

Unfortunately we only have one vacancy, and making a decision is going to be tough.

We’ll let you know the outcome as soon as we can.