Start a Shed

About this Guide

So you’re thinking of starting a Shed? Great! We’re here to help.

By now you’ve likely discovered that the Men’s Shed concept started in Australia many years ago. It has since made it to the UK and Ireland, and many places in between.

The idea came about on reflection of the lack of social opportunities for older men, which is an increasing health concern in the UK too. We know from years of research that regular social interaction and continuing physical and mental activity can improve our health and wellbeing. Men’s Sheds provide an enjoyable way to stay socially integrated in our local communities, stay active and learn or pass on skills.

At UK Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA), we support and promote Men’s Sheds across the UK. We have a small but dedicated team and experienced Volunteer Ambassadors in many areas of the UK meaning there’s always someone to help.

This guide is designed to give you a flavour of what is typically involved in starting a Shed, some top tips, and things to consider. There’s no one-size fits all in starting a Shed, but we’ve arranged the guide in what most find is a logical order. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may not need all of the information, or may use it in a different order. That is expected and you should use this basic guide in whichever way suits.

We provide lifetime support to Sheds and Shedders, and when you join us, you’ll become part of a network that spans the UK. You’ll get priority support, all the resources you need to develop and sustain a thriving Men’s Shed, and hand-picked, exclusive benefits including discounted tools and equipment.

We hope once you’ve read this guide you’ll be as excited as us about your Shed journey.

Happy Shedding!

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