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While the specific questions about Men’s Sheds in the UK may vary based on the context and the audience, here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that often arise regarding Men’s Sheds in the UK. Note that as nearly all Men’s Shed in the UK are independent, some of the answers below are general, and may not be valid for all Men’s Sheds.

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IMPACT OF MEN’S SHEDS

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Note – Some links to further information shown in the answers may only be available to members of the UK Men’s Sheds Association – To join the UKMSA, scroll to the bottom of the “Start a Shed” page
What is the impact of Men's Sheds on Shedders ?

Men’s Sheds have a profound impact on shedders, promoting mental well-being through social connections and shared activities. Shedders experience increased self-esteem, purpose, and emotional resilience. Engaging in creative projects fosters skill development, and the supportive community contributes to a positive sense of identity and belonging, enhancing overall life satisfaction. See our Research area.

How does attending a Men's Shed help your mental health ?

Attending a Men’s Shed positively impacts mental health by fostering social connections, providing a sense of purpose through collaborative projects, and offering a supportive environment for open communication. Engaging in hands-on activities promotes stress reduction and emotional expression. The camaraderie within Men’s Sheds creates a strong support network, reducing feelings of isolation, and promotes active peer to peer conversations on a wide range of health topics. Participation in creative and skill-building endeavours contributes to cognitive well-being. The sense of belonging and shared experiences in a Men’s Shed enhances emotional resilience, making it an effective community space for promoting mental health and well-being among men. See Evidence submitted to the Health & Social Care Committee

How does attending a Men's Shed help your physical health ?

Men’s Sheds contribute significantly to physical health by providing a space for engaging in hands-on activities such as woodworking, gardening, and metalworking. These activities promote physical movement, enhance coordination, and contribute to overall well-being. Regular participation in Men’s Sheds activities fosters an active lifestyle, reducing sedentary behaviour and associated health risks. Additionally, the camaraderie and social connections formed in Men’s Sheds create a supportive environment, encouraging men to stay active, maintain mobility, and prioritise their physical health in a communal and enjoyable setting. Some Men’s Sheds offer specific services associated with healthy eating, and health screening. See our Wellbeing section

Do Men's Sheds help with suicide prevention ?

Attending a Men’s Shed can contribute to suicide prevention by providing a supportive and inclusive environment that addresses key risk factors associated with suicide. While Men’s Sheds are not a substitute for professional mental health services, they can play a valuable role in promoting mental well-being and reducing isolation, which are factors that can contribute to suicide prevention. A recent survey of over 200 Shed Leaders asked “Has any Shedder ever expressed to you that being a member of the Shed may have prevented them from killing themselves?” 25% reported Yes, and a further 14% answered “Maybe”. is is underlined by numerous anecdotal accounts from Men’s Sheds. See Evidence submitted to the Health & Social Care Committee

How does attending a Men's Shed help Shedders wellbeing?

Surveys of Shedders in the UK consistently report: 96% of Shedders who identified as being lonely before joining a Shed reported to be less lonely after joining a Shed. Anxiety reduced by 75% & depression reduced by 89% by those who identified as being anxious or depressed before joining a Shed. 88% of people feel more connected to the community after joining a Shed with 97% making new friendships. See our Wellbeing page

How do Men's Sheds help their local Communities?

Men’s Sheds benefit local communities by providing a supportive space for men to connect, share skills, and collaborate on projects. They contribute to mental health, reduce social isolation, and foster community bonds. The skills developed in sheds positively impact local economies, while shed projects often benefit community organisations, creating a collective sense of pride.

How do Men’s Sheds help improve early detection of cancers specific to men?

The UKMSA undertake a wide range of programmes to improve early detection of cancers specific to men, for example around awareness of symptoms, issues with screening and encouraging men to come forward – This includes newsletter articles, videos, and podcasts. We depend on promoting peer-to-peer information, coupled with subject matter experts, which we find as the most effective in generating action from men. See Evidence submitted to the Health & Social Care Committee

How do Men’s Sheds improve the rate that men using health services, like general practice?

There are many examples in Men’s Sheds where Shedders have taken advantage of, or have been encouraged to use health services, as a direct result of activities and conversations in the Shed. This is additional to health screening, or social prescribing in Sheds. In Men’s Sheds, we find peer to peer conversation, and encouraging health discussions in a safe setting – the shed – can help promote access to services. This is often reinforced by a Shedder who had first-hand experience of the health condition. We have also seen examples where Shedders will team up, and go together to a fitness class, or a healthy eating class. See Evidence submitted to the Health & Social Care Committee

Other Topic Areas

The Men’s Shed movement

Joining or visiting a Men’s Shed

What happens in a Men’s Shed?

Impact of Men’s Sheds (See Left)

Where are Men’s Sheds? (See below)

Launching a Men’s Shed (See below)

Running a Men’s Shed (See below)

About the UK Men’s Sheds Association (See below)

Can the UKMSA help me to… (See below)

WHERE ARE MEN’S SHEDS?

Is there a Men’s Shed near me?

We hope so – You can check by visiting the UKMSA Find-a-Shed page and entering the postcode or the town or village name. (You can access this page by entering findashed to most search engines) If there isn’t one nearby, why not start one. We’re here to help!

What can I do if there isn’t a Men’s Shed near me?

Start one! – The UK Men’s Sheds Association can help.

Are there Men's Sheds across the whole UK ?

Men’s Sheds are well represented across the UK, with substantial numbers in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. There are many Men’s Sheds on the islands in the UK such as the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Wight, the Orkneys & Shetlands and on the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. There are also a certain number of Regional Shed Networks.

How can I get our Men's Shed added to the Find-a-Shed map ?

Go to the Start a Shed page click on the yellow box marked REGISTER SHED, and complete the form – Addition to the Map is free, and just requires you to check the box “Include Shed on Find A Shed map?:”

Why does there seem to be more Men's Sheds in rural areas than in cities?

We’re not sure, but this trend is not restricted to Men’s Sheds – Rural communities often have a stronger sense of community and social cohesion. In smaller towns and rural areas, individuals may be more familiar with their neighbours, fostering a supportive environment conducive to the establishment of community spaces like Men’s Sheds. There are other factors including Cultural and demographic variations such as higher population turnover in cities, availability of affordable space and reduced Community cohesion in urban areas. It could also be that Urban environments can be associated with higher stress levels and a faster pace of life. Men’s Sheds, with their focus on relaxation, community, and shared activities, may be more attractive to individuals in rural areas.

When will you be starting a Shed in my area?

Please have a look at our Find a Shed page, to check where your nearest Men’s Shed is located. Any Sheds that are not yet open are listed as in development. If this is one of your nearest Sheds please contact them to offer your help and encouragement. If you have no Men’s Shed in your area, you could consider starting one yourself – See our Starting a Shed guide. The UKMSA don’t run Men’s Sheds, they are nearly all completely independent. The UKMSA is a support body for Men’s Sheds across the UK, enabling information sharing, communication and co-operation between Men’s Sheds.

LAUNCHING A MEN’S SHED

What is the biggest challenge to launch a Men’s Sheds?

Probably the toughest challenge for a Men’s shed is finding premises. This can be frustrating, but it is important to continue meeting (in a pub or café) whilst searching for premises. Starting a Men’s Shed involves several other considerations, and the challenges can vary based on local needs and circumstances. Forming a committed steering group, ensuring sufficient attendance, connecting with the community, embedding a wide health & safety culture amongst attedees and addressing funding are key challenges. Active collaboration and adaptability are crucial for success. Additionally, understanding that there is no “typical Shed” and that each community’s context differs significantly is essential. These unique challenges require flexibility, resilience, and a strong sense of community connection. But remember not all Sheds need a premises and can meet in a cafe or pub and work across projects in their community – the Shed is the people!

How big does a community population have to be to support a Men’s Shed?

This varies dramatically – However, we think, the two smallest communities in the UK with Sheds are two islands in Orkney, Sanday (pop 500) and Westray (pop 600), both Sheds opening in 2023. UKMSA is committed to support a Shed in every community that wants one.

Where can I learn how to launch a Men's Shed?

We support all Sheds, but in particular we can help you on your way to starting your own Shed. There are extensive guides in our website, we can help by putting you in touch with our local Ambassadors, local Sheds nearby and Regional Networks. Most successful Men’s Sheds have started by a small group of people forming around the idea and then refining it to suit local need, enthusiasms, ideas about who it will be for, how it will be organised and funded, how it will connect with the local community, and much else. There is no ‘typical Shed’

Are there other organisations that can help with setting up an organisation?

More general guidance on setting up an organisation is also often available locally through voluntary sector support organisations and sometimes from community development staff provided in local or county councils. Other resources are available, such as the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s (NCVO) knowledge bank. NCVO membership is free for small organisations.

How big does a workshop need to be for a Men’s Shed?

This is really a type of – How long is a piece of string – question. We know of one Men’s Shed that was as small as 4m x 5m (12 x 16ft) and successfully catered for six people, but more is better especially when considering storage of raw material and work-in-progress. Three Sheds that built their own sheds were 9m x 6m, 6m x 3.6m and 15m x 6m. respectively These are described in a UKMSA Podcast. But there are quite a few Sheds that don’t yet have premises, but still meet regularly in Pubs or Cafes. Don’t ignore smaller premises to get started, the premises will generate momentum, and may help you find large premises later. Don’t aim to move straight in to your “Forever Shed” from day 1.

What do we need to worry about regarding Security of a Men's Shed?

Several Men’s Sheds have experienced burglaries and arson attacks, resulting in stolen tools and heating oil. Since most Sheds are open for only a few days a week, they are often left unoccupied and vulnerable. While it would be ideal for Shed premises to be secure by design, many are situated in adapted buildings, making this challenging. If your Shed is in an adapted premises, it would be beneficial to conduct a security check to identify vulnerable areas, potential entry points for trespassers, and opportunities for enhanced security. UKMSA also partners with Smartwater who provide discounts to support Sheds.

Where do Men’s Sheds get their tools from?

People are very generous, and many tools are donated. Some Shedders donate (or loan) their machine tools to their Shed. Many Men’s Shed buy some tools, helped by membership of the UKMSA, where they can receive sizeable discounts from tool suppliers including from Axminster Tools, MetalCraft, Triton Tools & Lumberjack Tools.

How can we find premises for the Men's Shed?

One of the key steps to setting up a Shed, is finding somewhere to meet and make friendships, use, and store tools and resources, and make numerous cups of tea! But there are quite a few Sheds that don’t yet have premises, and still meet regularly in Pubs or Cafes. Whilst Shed premises are important, Sheds are primarily about People not Premises. Here are some other options to think about – Hiring or using a room or someone’s garage, leasing an existing building or piece of land, renting a commercial or private building, buying a property, building your own Shed, or instal a shipping container, or just meet somewhere as a group socially while developing the Shed’s future home.

What roles do we need to run a Men's Shed ?

It’s important to remember that all members of your Shed are equal but every Shed needs leadership to help with the smooth running of your Shed. In the first instance a committee, usually made up of key members with useful skills and knowledge, are appointed from the membership. A typical committee will consist of a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary (as a minimum) Other roles could be assigned to members to support the running of the Shed. These roles should focus on membership, maintenance, publicity, health and safety, social events, health and welfare/wellbeing. Although these may or may not be committee members, there is a responsibility for some of those appointed, to be skilled people.

What Banks offer Men's Sheds a community Bank account (With free banking)?

Several UK banks offer community or voluntary group bank accounts with free banking options. As offerings can change, it’s recommended to check with the specific banks for the most up-to-date information. Banks that offer free community banking include NatWest, Lloyds Bank, Santander, HSBC, Co-operative Bank, Barclays, and the Metro Bank. However, some of these banks do not always offer free banking to community groups from time to time. It is sometimes more successful if a member of the Shed approaches their own Bank to request a free Community account. When considering a bank for a community account, it’s essential to inquire about the specific terms and conditions of the free banking offer, as well as any fees that may apply after the initial period. The whole banking landscape is changing and the best source of advice and experience is from existing Sheds.

How much does it cost to launch and run a Men's Shed ?

The running cost of the average volunteer-led Shed is often the premises costs plus £2-£4,000 a year. Some Sheds with a ‘peppercorn rent’ may find member contributions can cover all their running costs. Where there are significant recurring expenses, most Sheds find that a combination of member subscriptions, product sales, and local grants or donations is the way to cover the bills. See more details here.

RUNNING A MEN’S SHED

Does our Men's Shed need to take out Insurance ?

Securing the right level of insurance is one of the most important first steps when setting up your Men’s Shed. Even if you don’t yet have a building or the building isn’t yours, you’ll need to get some level of insurance, and once you have that policy, make sure you set a reminder to renew. UKMSA has resources on insurance and these are developed from user’s experiences.

What kind of insurance does the Men's Shed need?

This depends on your Shed and the activities of your Shedders. The kind of Insurance could include Public Liability, Property Damage, Property Contents, Product Liability, Employer’s Liability Insurance or Trustee Indemnity Insurance. It’s important that all activities planned by the Shed are disclosed to enable the Shed to be quoted for a policy which is comprehensive and meets the needs of the Shed. Some insurance policies for Men’s Shed may include restrictions, in terms of numbers attending, coverage outside the Shed or the use of certain types of handtools or activities.

Where can Sheds get Insurance for their activities ?

There are a number of insurance companies we know that offer insurance for Men’s Sheds. This is not a ‘preferred insurance provider’ list, and we recommend that you do your own research and compare quotes for insurance companies individually. Ladbrook Insurance, Wessex Insurance Services, Zurich and Export and General. Note – Other Insurance companies can provide Insurance cover for Men’s Sheds.

Where can a Men's Shed get a website ?

Several companies and platforms offer free website creation and content management tools that can be used by Men’s Sheds. Here are a few options: Wix, Voice, Hugo Fox, WordPress, Weebly, Google Sites, Yola & Jimdo. It is not a ‘preferred provider’ list, and we recommend that you do your own research amongst existing Sheds. When selecting a platform, consider factors such as ease of use, customisation options, the specific needs of your Men’s Shed, and the skills available to manage the Website. You could also just use a Social Media Platform, such as Facebook. Note – Other companies can provide Websites for Men’s Sheds.

How can we promote our Men's Shed ?

To promote your Shed you could end an email to your contacts telling them about the Men’s Shed and any events you have planned. Use social media and Newsletters. They are both a great way to spread the word. Print flyers, posters and place in local places with a good footfall (like Supermarkets) Write to your local media (Newspapers and local radio & TV) and tell them about the project. Consider parish magazines and free papers too.

How can our Men's Shed get more members?

Use all the items detailed in Promoting your Men’s Shed, and consider an Open Day. If possible, invite local Celebrities or Councillors or Mayors. Publish a story in local papers asking for members, and contact your local Voluntary Organisations group (NCVO)

How can a Men's Shed register as a Charity ?

There is a detailed guide on our website to establishing a Men’s Shed as any of these: an Unincorporated Association, Charitable Unincorporated Association, Charitable Trust, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Company Limited By Guarantee (With Charitable Status) and a Community Interest Company (CIC). The guide covers the different structures of different types of organisation that might suit your Shed, who they are suitable for and how to become one. The Charity Commission has comprehensive details on this.

How do Men's Sheds manage machine tool training and usage ?

You should ensure that the Shed formally approves, or engages, competent operators to undertake Shedder training on machine tools. You should ensure that training is provided for Shedders operating machine tools and those who help in the process, eg in taking off, feeding and/or loading workpieces etc. It should also be provided for those who set, clean, or maintain woodworking machinery. It is recommended that you maintain Training records for all Shedders who have shown to be competent users after their training. Your Insurance policy may place restrictions on machine use and training. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have useful guides on this.

Is it safe to use pallet wood for Men's Sheds projects?

Most recently manufactured British, Canadian, and American pallets are safe because they have either undergone heat treatment or pressure treatment instead of chemical fumigation. Pallets are now required to bear the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) logo. They are also usually tagged with HT or MB, a country code, and a unique number.

Can Men's Sheds make and sell children's toys?

If you are making toys and intend to sell them, then you must make sure that your products meet the essential safety requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011. You will need to carry out a safety assessment of the toy (Trading Standards Safety Assessment Example) You should also Complete a Declaration of Conformity – one for Great Britain (if sold in GB) and one for Northern Ireland (if sold in NI). and follow the applicable conformity assessment procedure (e.g. EN 71 testing) and keep the test reports.

What aspects of the Equality Act applies to Men's Sheds ?

The law on single-sex spaces. Under the Equality Act 2010, voluntary organisations can restrict their services to one sex only if it is a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published detailed guidance on single-sex services and the Equality Act. Even if a shed is men-only, it can still involve women in various ways, such as referring men to join, or taking trustee or leadership roles. Some sheds organise mixed-sex sessions, open to everyone. Others have women’s shed groups, which meet separately to the men’s, but might share premises, be run by the same organisation, and sometimes work on projects together.

Does a Men's Shed need to have people checked under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)?

It’s important for Men’s Sheds to be aware of and comply with relevant legislation and guidelines. While DBS checks are primarily associated with working with children, they can also be applicable in certain situations involving vulnerable adults. It’s recommended that Men’s Sheds seek advice from the DBS, relevant authorities, or legal professionals to ensure they understand their obligations and the specific requirements based on their activities and roles. Additionally, regulations and guidance may evolve, so staying informed about current policies and requirements is crucial. DBS services vary in Scotland & Northern Ireland.

Do Men's Sheds need to Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) all portable electrical equipment ?

It is recommended that monthly checks for any defective plugs, discoloured sockets or damaged cables or equipment are caried out by the Shed Safety Officer. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) to be carried out on portable electrical equipment. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have excellent guides on this. You could consider to have 1 or 2 Shedders trained to carry out PAT testing.

Should a Men's Shed register as a Charity?

Regardless of whether you are registered with the Charities Commission or not, if your aims are charitable, you are a charity and it is incumbant on you to follow the guidance of the charities commission.Incorporating a Men’s Shed as a Charity creates a separate legal identity for the organisation, allowing it to enter into contracts, buy services, and own property in its own name. This allows the organization to limit its members’ liability and protect its members. Unincorporated organisations, on the other hand, have individuals responsible for liabilities and are personally liable for the organisation’s assets. Should an unincorporated Men’s Sheds’ income exceed £6000 in any one year, the Charity Commission recommends that it is registered as a Charity.

Where could we start with Health & Wellbeing in our Men’s Shed?

If you are part of an open Men’s Shed, then you are most probably already helping your Shedders with their health and wellbeing! It is important to remember that Men’s Sheds do NOT undertake personal care nor perform the role of carer. However, Shedders do care about each other and depend on each other to share problems and to listen. “We CARE but are not CARERS”. There are loads of ways to start on this. You could Identify health requirements of Shedders when they first start at the Shed, install a First Aid kit and get yourself and/or other Shedders trained on First Aid, Sign the UKMSA DIY Charter for Wellbeing in Craft & DIY, or have a social area in the Shed.

How does a Men's Shed go about claiming Gift Aid ?

A Shed that is registered for Gift Aid can claim tax back on donations, even if they are in cash. To register for Gift Aid, you will need to be registered as a Charity. A Limited Company (or community interest company (CIC) Is not a charity and therefore cannot claim gift aid. See Claiming Gift Aid as a charity.

What policies should a Men's Shed have ?

This will depend on the Shed, but most Sheds will have a Health & Safety Policy, a Safeguarding Policy, a Risk Assessment policy, a Data Protection and Privacy Policy. Many Sheds will have a Code of Conduct Policy, and an Induction Policy(for new members). Members of the UKMSA have access to Templates for these policies in the Resources area.

What do I do if the Shed has no more room for new members?

Well done on attracting Shedders ! If you have had to close membership because of space restrictions, then don’t forget to keep a list of people who want to join. The first step is to consider opening other sessions, possibly evening or week-ends. Contact all on your waiting list to see if any can be trained to be Shed leaders or workshop managers for these extra sessions. Don’t forget o notiy your insurance company if they have placed any restrictions on your shed regarding numbers. You could also consider opening a second Shed in another part of town. Else, you will have to find a larger Shed.

Our Shed needs help with a funding application, who do I contact?

If your Shed is a member of the UKMSA then you will ave access to the Resources section of he UKMSA website. There is an article entitled “Income Generation & Fundraising” that gives a lot of advice on fund raising. That should be you start point. Else contact the UKMSA in the usual way. You can call, email or use our contact form to send us a message. Our team are normally available between 9am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. Phone: 0300 772 9626, or Email: admin@ukmsa.org.uk

Can my Shed claim back VAT

The law around VAT is very clear. An organisation myst register for VAT when it’s taxable income exceeds £84,999. (From 1st Apil 2024, this rises to £89,999) For most Sheds this is unlikely you will reach this level. There are exemptions to being able to claim back VAT such as insurance. For VAT to apply, you should be providing a service.

ABOUT THE UK MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION

What does the UK Men's Sheds Association do?

The UKMSA is a registered charity that supports, facilitates and inspires Sheds, Shedders (the people who attend the Sheds), their supporters and the communities the Sheds serve across the UK to benefit health and wellbeing nationally. Our vision is for more happy and helathy men (and women) and we do this my supporting the growth and health of Sheds and promoting them. The individual Sheds across the UK are generally autonomous groups and self-determine their direction under common characteristics of Connecting, Creating and Conversing. More information on the UKMSA is available. The UKMSA does not run or manage any of the individual Men’s Sheds across the Country.

Is the UK Men’s Sheds Association a Charity ?

Yes – The UKMSA is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation(CIO) The UKMSA was established as a CIO on 25 June 2015 (It was originally formally launched as an Unincorporated Charity in March 2013, although the UKMSA website went live in April 2011) . The CIO Charity registered number is 1162409. See full details of the UKMSA on the Charities Commission website. UKMSA was the first national organisation for Sheds in the UK.

Who are the Trustees of the UK Men's Sheds Association Charity?

There are 11 Trustees of the UK Men’s Sheds Association currently (2024). A well balanced team, five are long term members from Men’s Sheds, with others from the media, Government, Accountancy and other Charitable organisations such as the Royal Voluntary Service. All Countries in the UK are represented on the board of Trustees. The make up of Trustees will vary upon the needs of the organisation and those willing to make a difference to the charity. We have a healthy mix of people with corporate and third sector experience.

Who runs the UK Men’s Sheds Association?

The Trustees delegate responsibilty for the day to day running of the charity to the Chief Executive Officer and the team of staff to support new and existing Sheds. Currently, the UKMSA has ten staff made up of a mixture of part time and full time staff . The UKMSA is supported by c40 volunteer Shed Ambassadors plus hundreds of Shed Leaders and Supervisors. See details of the UKMSA Team.

How do people get in touch with the UK Men’s Sheds Association ?

The UKMSA is a national organisation with remote staff and volunteers across the country. We don’t have an office anywhere but if you need to write to us, you can do so to our virtual office. Our address is UK Men’s Sheds Association, 49 Station Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6EA. You can also call, email or use our contact form to send us a message. Our team are normally available between 9am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. Phone: 0300 772 9626, or Email: admin@ukmsa.org.uk. Email is by far the easiest and most efficient way of contacting us.

How can I keep up to date with what the UK Men's Sheds Association is doing on Social Media?

The UKMSA has active Social Media Channels including a Facebook page, a Facebook Group, X (Twitter), Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Podcasts. @UKMensSheds

Does the UK Men's Sheds Association have a regular Newsletter?

Yes – The UKMSA newsletter is called “Shoulder to shoulder”, issued monthly, towards the end of every month, is free and can be subscribed to via the “Subscribe to our newsletter” form at the bottom of every page on the UKMSA website. View the archive of newsletters.

What is the UK Men's Sheds Association "Charter for Wellbeing in craft & DIY" ?

The Charter for Wellbeing in Craft and DIY is an expression of commitment to support the wellbeing of everyone involved in craft and DIY. This commitment is to Makers, Crafters, Artisans, DIYers, Bodgers, Doer-uppers, as well as the Shedders, Engineers, Manufacturers, Designers, Retailers, Publishers, Hauliers and to those who don’t yet know their lives could be transformed by becoming involved in Craft or DIY. The signatories pledge to:

Connect and look out for each other’s health and overall wellbeing

Create positive and safe environments for everyone
There is no charge for joining the Charter and it is essentially a commitment to promote wellbeing

How can I donate to the UKMSA ?

Thanks for considering a donation to the UKMSA. Visit our Donate Now page, where you can enter amounts for a one-off or monthly donation. Your support will make a difference to transforming and saving lives and impact your community for the better.

How can my Shed/Group become a member of the UKMSA?

Complete the form at the bottom of the “Start a Shed” page – Membership costs £30.00 per year, paid automatically as a recurring annual payment. Membership supports the growth of Men’s Sheds across the UK, champions the cause and has financial benefits for Sheds through the discounts available.

How much does it cost to join the UKMSA?

Membership costs £30.00 per year, paid automatically as a recurring annual payment. Complete the form at the bottom of the “Start a Shed” page, where you can pay via credit card or paypal.

Does the UK Men's Sheds Association have Regional representatives ?

There are some regional Shed Networks across the UK. These networks are a group of Sheds located in a geographical area of their own definition that connect and support each other. Regional Shed Networks champion partnership and communication amongst Sheds and can be a great way to amplify the voice of local Sheds as a collective. Each Regional Shed Network operates differently. Most have a chairperson and hold regular virtual or face-to-face meetings where Sheds can come together to share ideas and information.

What are UKMSA Ambassadors ?

Our Volunteer Ambassador programme champions grass-roots development and teams up experienced Shed leaders with like-minded peers who want to start Men’s Sheds in their own areas.

What are UKMSA Ambassadors ?

UKMSA Members can use the “Member of the UK Men’s Sheds Association” logo on their websites and documents. These logos are available to members. The Charity Registration number for the UKMSA should not be used on any Shed documents or websites. Sheds should use their own number.

CAN THE UKMSA HELP ME TO……

I'm researching <Subject> - Can you promote our project to your Men's Sheds?

We receive a lot of queries regarding this – We suggest that you review the “Wall of Wellbeing” which covers many of the Health & Wellbeing matters that are important to Men’s Sheds to see if your research project aligns. If they do, please contact us with full details about yourself, your organisation, where you are based, the research subject, timescales, and some details of how you want to engage with Men’s Sheds. Thanks for your interest in Men’s Sheds.

Please can you add our Organisations Web address as a link on your Website ?

We do not have any specific areas on the UK Men’s Sheds Association Website for links, unless the organisation and the UKMSA agree to a level of partnership. We feature links to NHS or UK based not for profit organisations that give expert information or sources of support on Health & Wellbeing which are detailed on our “Wall of Wellbeing”. Please contact us if you have a specific suggestion for this. Thanks for your interest in Men’s Sheds.

Can the UKMSA provide someone to take part in a video or TV Programme ?

The UKMSA has provided speakers or paticipants for a range of videos and TV programmes. We would need to know the date/time and logistics for the recording or live broadcast. We would need some background on you and your organisation. We would like to know the title of the video/programme, who else may be taking part, what areas you would like us to cover, and who are the other speakers (if this is relevant). If this is to be part of a series of your videos or programmes, please let us know the link to your previous videos. Thanks for your interest in Men’s Sheds.

I'm a researcher wanting to work with Men's Sheds - How do I go about it?

We receive a lot of queries regarding this – We suggest that you review the “Wall of Wellbeing” which covers many of the Health & Wellbeing matters that are important to Men’s Sheds to see if your research project aligns. If they do, please contact us with full details about yourself, your organisation, where you are based, the research subject, timescales, and some details of how you want to engage with Men’s Sheds. Thanks for your interest in Men’s Sheds.

Can the UKMSA provide someone to take part in a Podcast?

The UKMSA has provided a range of speakers for a range of Podcasts. We would need to know the date/time and logistics for the recording, and some background on you and your organisation. We would like to know the title of the podcast, who else may be attending, what areas you would like us to cover, and who are the other speakers (if this is relevant). If this is to be part of a series of your Podcasts, please let us know the link to your previous Podcasts. Thanks for your interest in Men’s Sheds.

Can the UKMSA provide a Speaker for event (online or face-to-face)?

The UKMSA receive many requests to provide speakers for online or face-to-face events. We are able to fulfil many of them. We need to know the date and time and venue for the event. We would like to know the title of the event, who may be attending, what areas you would like us to cover, and who are the other speakers (if relevant). Please let us know the size and make up expected for the audience. We don’t often charge for Speakers for online events, but always welcome donations. If this is a chargeable event for the audience, we may request a donation. If this is a face-to-face attendance for our Speaker, we may ask for travel expenses. Thanks for your interest in Men’s Sheds.

Can I add an advertisement for our organisation in your monthly newsletter - Shoulder-to-Shoulder?

We occasionally accept advertisements to be included in our newsletter Shoulder-to-Shoulder. This is published in the last week of every month, is distributed via email, and on the website, gathering about 10,000 views per month. We do not accept political advertisements, and in general terms only advertisements aligned with UKMSA messages about the Men’s Shed movement. The content of the advertisement should be useful and interesting to the average Men’s Shed and their Shedders. The cost of the advertisement is £100 for a maximum of one A4 page, for insertion in one edition.

We are a local school (Or Community Group) and would like some help to build some benches, mud play area, planters etc.? Is this something you can do?

Many Men’s Sheds undertake a wide range of projects for their local communities. We suggest that you use our Find a Shed page, to get contact details for the Men’s Shed nearest to you, and then contact them to see if they can help.

The documents in this resource library are provided by UK Men’s Sheds Association for general interest on the given topic and not intended to apply to specific circumstances. They do not claim to be a comprehensive breakdown of all matters relevant to the subject matter and not all of the information will be relevant to every Shed’s journey. You should not, under any circumstance, regard the information as constituting legal advice and it should not be relied on as such. In relation to specific problems, users are advised to seek professional advice.

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