Community shed projects across Britain receive vital funding

Sunday, 14 May 2017 Local community groups are celebrating today after being awarded funding, to support their shared workshop spaces, from the Asda Foundation.

Basingstoke Shed

A total of £15k has been gifted to 16 community projects where people come together to take part in practical skills and activities. They are designed and run by their members and provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.

ShedsRoyal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, established the Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking for help with either set up, or early stage development costs. Grants of between £250 and £1,000 were made available – with applicants encouraged to apply for some of the tools and equipment they need for their ac-tivities or ongoing costs such as help with their rent or insurance.

"Most sheds are started by local groups coming together due to a shared interest in traditional crafts such as joinery, furniture renovation, metal work and mechanics. We are delighted to be able to administer the Grant Funds so that these skills can flourish in a friendly and sociable environment, and that more local community based Sheds can get up and running."

Jo Phillips, Sheds Project Manager at Royal Voluntary Service

"The Asda Foundation is one of the many ways we can give something back to our local communities. That’s why we lend a hand to a wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved with, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK. We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a grassroots level and are proud to support this initiative."

Julie Ward, Senior Manager of the Asda Foundation

"The Tanhouse Shedders are delighted to have been awarded one of the Shed Grant Funds from Royal Voluntary Service and the Asda Foundation. The shed is just getting up and running and will provide members with a friendly and sociable space to practice their skills. It can be hard work getting projects like this off the ground, but great fun and rewarding too. We would like to thank Royal Voluntary Service and the Asda Foundation for seeing the value that this sort of communal workshop space can add to the local community, and for its generosity with this funding."

Phil Willoughby, Secretary from Tanhouse Shedders in Sandwell, West Midlands
The Shed movement follows a blueprint from an Australian project and since the first Men’s Shed opened in the UK six years ago, there are now over 300 in the UK with three new Sheds on average opening a week. Sheds are often places for older men to come together and work on either individual or community projects – but are now increasingly seeing younger men and women getting involved and benefiting from the social interaction and skill sharing that are at their heart.

The Fund is being supported by each of the national Sheds Associations and Grant Funds have been awarded to the following Sheds:

  • Whitby Ladies Shed - supported by Sleight Area Men's Shed (Whitby, Yorkshire)
  • Bootle Tool Shed (Merseyside)
  • Growing in the City (Men’s Shed Manchester)
  • Trowbridge Men’s Shed (Wiltshire)
  • York Men’s Shed (York)
  • Tanhouse Shedders (Sandwell)
  • Men’s Shed Ottery (Devon)
  • Basingstoke Shed (Hampshire)
  • Knighton Men’s Shed (Powys)
  • Forfar & District Men’s Shed (Angus)
  • Carnoustie & Monifieth Men’s Shed (Angus)
  • Arbroath Men’s Shed (Angus)
  • Dingwall Men’s Shed (Ross-shire)
  • Peterhead Men’s Shed (Aberdeenshire)
  • Rostrevor Men’s Shed (Co Down)
  • Gortin Men’s Shed (Omagh, Co Tyrone)

Find out more about Royal Voluntary Service and Asda Foundation Sheds Grant Fund  

During May 2007, Royal Voluntary Service on behalf of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is aiming to raise awareness of loneliness in men - whether young or old – and to encourage people to raise awareness of the issue and become part of the solution by starting a conversation. See how you can get involved.

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