Sheds are community spaces where people can come together to take part in practical skills and activities. Sometimes called Men’s Sheds or Community Sheds, 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.
Shed activities often involve traditional crafts such as joinery, furniture renovation, metal work and mechanics, but each Shed meets the interests of its members and therefore may also include a broad range of activities such as gardening, model making, photography or baking.
Contact us if you are interested in setting up a Shed in your local area or call 07423 471 018.
Giving you the help you need
Support needs will vary but Royal Voluntary Service can help with things like:
- Advice on how to keep your Shed running costs down
- The types of governance and organisational structures that are available and how to decide what is best for your Shed
- Advice on finding sources of funding and putting together a sustainable funding plan
- Health & Safety and Risk Assessments
- How to promote your Shed
Why are Sheds important?
Each Shed decides for themselves who they want to target to become members.
Sheds can play a particularly important part in meeting the needs of older people – particularly older men, who often do not feel that traditional services targeted at older people are right for them.
The creative, productive nature of Sheds provides an activity around which people can form bonds and networks, which may go on to benefit them outside of the Shed itself.
We believe that, with support, local communities can put in place their own solutions to tackling loneliness and isolation.
Working with the support of the Asda Foundation and in partnership with the national Shed Associations, we are supporting the development of Sheds across the UK.
"We really value the clear thinking and the experience Royal Voluntary Service brings. It’s vital that we don’t fall into the many traps that exist for the unwary, and we don’t, as a small voluntary organisation, always have time on our side in the decision making process."
SLaMS: Somerset Levels and Moors Sheds
Sheds Grant Fund
Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, has been thrilled to be able to give out grants worth over £84,000 to 100 Sheds over the past three years. Although our fund has now closed we can still offer advice and support on other funds that may be available to Sheds, as well as guidance on budgeting, selling products and other fundraising activities.
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"Royal Voluntary Service have saved us many hours of research and heartache concerning likely sources of funding, suppliers of tools at wholesale prices, publicity and determining our target outcomes. Such excellent support is invaluable and greatly appreciated."
The Gateway Shed, Leek, Staffordshire