Men in Sheds is primarily aimed at the retired section of the community who are willing to share their skills or looking for a project to get them out of the house, but also benefits those who may be lonely or are suffering from mental health issues.
A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where they feel at home and pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to it’s members who share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing, at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where members come together to work.
A Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but may include metalworking (milling, sheet metal, welding, etc.) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the members too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, they welcome men and women of any age as well as young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members.
Men in Sheds stated in Australia but is now taking off around the country and the benefits are unmistakable. Every Men’s Shed has its own unique aims and will focus on a certain subject, but what they all share is members who want to remain active, appreciate the social side of interacting with other like-minded Shedders and gain satisfaction from seeing projects through to completion.
North Walsham is on the verge of creating its own Shed and is now actively looking for members. All are welcome, especially those interested in forming the Shed’s Committee. If you are interested in knowing more about the project the national website is www.menssheds.org.uk. Those interested in forming the Committee or if you would like to put your name down to receive further information as and when the Shed is up and running please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as we have amassed members we will call a meeting to explain how the project will work and to get your ideas on what sorts of scheme’s we will undertake, how many days a week we will be open etc.
Men in Sheds started in Australia but is now taking off around the country and the benefits are undeniable, so why not get involved?