The Men's Sheds Movement
In the 1990's retired Aussies were encouraged to set up community sheds where they could socialise and do things together. This idea grew throughout Australia in the 1990s and influenced an international movement which today is known as Menís Sheds.
Originally, the idea came about as a way to tackle axiety, depression and loneliness in older men. Today many sheds are open to anyone seeking a more fulfilling and active life.
Typical activities undertaken in sheds are wood and light metalwork such as joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation, bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration are strongly featured.
Shed members share tools, experience and resources to work on projects of their own choosing and at their own pace. Often they work together on community projects such as park benches and playgrounds.
Currently in the UK, there are over 300 Sheds, 6000 members including Burgess Hill Shed!
UK Sheds are often community led initiatives supported by local authorities, health agencies, and charities and are helping people overcome loneliness, social isolated and exclusion.
More information is available at www.menssheds.org.uk