Men’s Shed

8th March 2017, 11:56am | By Steve |

“One million people aged over 65 are often or always lonely.” – AgeUK

A shed is a place where people come together to learn and share DIY skills and carry out repairs and build things for the community such as benches, bird hides, nest boxes, etc.

In a nutshell:

A Men’s Shed provides a communal place of skills sharing, informal learning, of individual pursuits & community projects, of purpose, achievement & social interaction. Men’s Sheds are social groups that are self-governed, have their own constitution, their own income and their own meeting place. How each shed looks and the activities that take place in them depend entirely on the skills and interests of the group. Shedders are gardeners, artists, collectors, story-tellers, amateur radio enthusiasts, train spotters, model makers…..Anyone is welcome and any interest, skill or project is welcomed.


What makes this project special:
A recent Age UK survey showed more than one million people aged over 65 are often or always lonely, with two-fifths saying that their main form of company is the television. In Wiltshire, social isolation was ranked 1st out of 80 local concerns by the public.  With this is mind the desired outcomes of a Men’s Shed can promote social inclusion and wellbeing, through:

  • sense of purpose – learning new skills, sharing knowledge;
  • sense of accomplishment – personal achievement, contributing to the community
  • sense of control – co-participants in decision and activities
  • social engagement – opportunity to meet and interact with others, a physical place to spend time, develop friendships, enjoyment and fun
  • self esteem, self worth, self image – feeling positive and valued;
  • support – belonging, ‘kinship’ with other men, a sense of community
  • Provision of an environment in which older men can share their health concerns and experiences
  • Shedders can support other community groups – e.g. making bird boxes for a local nature reserve

Replicate in your community:

More support

Comments and Discussion

Comments are closed.

Make a Post

You must be logged in to add a post.
Motiv8

Motiv8

Motiv8 exists to improve the life chances of young peo...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : Wharf Theatre Needs You! - https:/...
Repair cafe

Repair cafe

"The UK generates 26m tonnes of waste every single yea...
Shop Volunteer

Shop Volunteer

Julia’s House has 10 charity shops in Dorset and 2 i...
Fundraising Volunteer

Fundraising Volunteer

Julia's House, The Wiltshire and Dorset Children's Hos...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : Looking for a quiet space in Deviz...
Managing your money

Managing your money

Information and tips to help your whole committee take...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...
Last year more than 250 households achieved their dream of owning their own home in Wiltshire

Last year more than 250...

Last year more than 250 households achieved their drea...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...
Accommodation Support

Accommodation Support

The Early Help Young People's Accommodation Officer wo...
Knife Amnesty – September ’19

Knife Amnesty – S...

This September we're inviting you to bin the blades by...
Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

Running any group costs money and it’s a good idea t...

AndrewJackCEM

Employability Jobs Fair - https://t.co/Lu6bkxZSQI Jobs...
Mind Reset, in Malmesbury and Chippenham

Mind Reset, in Malmesbu...

“In all the Community Areas in Wiltshire Young Peopl...
First steps for new groups

First steps for new groups

When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it...
Classic movies come to Devizes

Classic movies come to ...

Are you a fan of classic films? Four Weddings and a...
Looking for a quiet space in Devizes?

Looking for a quiet spa...

A Quiet shared space, where it's okay not to be okay. ...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : Last year more than 250 households...
Collection Volunteer

Collection Volunteer

Julia's House, The Wiltshire and Dorset Children's Hos...
Important news for all budding community reporters

Important news for all ...

You may have noticed that we have changed the look and...
Open Access Youth Café, Chippenham

Open Access Youth Café...

The Chippenham Community Area Young People Needs Asses...
Wharf Theatre Needs You!

Wharf Theatre Needs You!

The Wharf Theatre has been offering high quality theat...
Setting the aims of your group

Setting the aims of you...

It’s a good idea to  work out the aims of your gro...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : Knife Amnesty - September '19 - ht...