Men's Sheds started in Australia relatively recently, and have rapidly become a significant force in the English-speaking world. With over 400 Sheds now registered in the UK, the movement is growing fast at between 6 to 9 Sheds a month. Each Shed is an autonomous, self governing entity, where the Shed members (Shedders) control and implement their own programme.
A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – but it's not just somewhere to keep the lawnmower. It's a place where a man feels at home and decides for himself what practical interests he wants to pursue.
A Men's Shed is a place of leisure where men come together to work and socialise over a cup of tea. A friendly place, where members share the tools, knowledge and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace. It's a place where skills are shared and learning is informal; where purpose, achievement and social interaction go together with individual pursuits and community projects.
Shed projects usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving or furniture renovation) but may include many other activities. Members choose what they do. Reclamation, reuse and restoration feature strongly – some say that's true of the men too!
We are a community-based organisation that provides a safe, inclusive environment for those who have time on their hands by being retired, between jobs, or who may never have had a job.
While our Shed is primarily for older men (50+) living in Bridgwater , Sedgemoor and the surrounding towns and villages of the Somerset Levels and Moors, we welcome any 18+ man or woman of any ability, providing that the individual fits in with the broad ethos of the Shed - there are no other restrictions!
Please note that we are not experts, so those members or potential members who have specific health issues are very welcome to bring their carer.
UK Mens Sheds Association
In the UK, the UK Men's Shed Association, of which SLaMS is a member, is the main coordinating body and a mine of useful information.
Visit their web site at and have a look at Shoulder to Shoulder, their occasional newsletter.
There is an excellent video available online at http://bettershedthandead.co.uk, explaining some of the history and reasoning behind the Men's Shed movement, with examples and success stories from around the UK, Australia and Ireland.