‘Sheds’ around the country are equipped with woodwork tools and managed by volunteers who put on a range of activities, often around designing, recycling and making. The ‘sheds’ provide a space for men to meet up to use their existing skills, learn new skills or just put the world to rights over a cup of tea.
There are Men in Sheds projects around the country including some organised by Age UK, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, targeted at engaging older men who are often less connected in groups than women.
The model has been successful at connecting men who may not normally go to organised activities, as well as supporting older men who feel isolated or are going through major life changes such as bereavement.
For more information see: http://www.menssheds.org.uk
See also Tools Company