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Join the Men’s Shed social movement. A place to work on projects, access tools, build friendships and share a wealth of community knowledge.  

The idea draws on the successful Men’s Shed movement in Australia where over 1000 Sheds have formed in just over a decade. It is part of a growing movement in the UK which now has 60 Sheds open, with two new sheds opening in the UK every week! The UK Men’s Sheds Association aims to promote and support Men’s Sheds in the UK. www.ukmsa.org.uk 
Looking for a place to socialise and get that ‘never quite finished’ project off the ground? The Men’s Shed initiative could be coming to your area.  

The association are looking into the setting up of a group within the Royal Wootton Bassett Area. Interested parties should contact  brian.cooke@hotmail.co.uk  tel.No. 07776  216516 with regard to the setting up of a group within the local area.

A Men’s Shed is a larger community version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place for making, mending and hobbies where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction; a place of leisure where men come together to work.  

Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but also include pottery, metalworking (milling, sheet metal, welding, etc.) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car!  Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too!  Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued, the essence of a Shed is not a physical building, which some don’t even have, but the creation and network of relationships between its members. 

If you are interested in improving men’s health and well being, in skill sharing, in material reuse or being creative - or simply talking through how a Shed could possibly work in and benefit you and your community - please get in touch.   
Jo Phillips - Project Manager – Men’s Sheds, Royal Voluntary Service joanne.phillips@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk  (m) 07423 471018 www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk    www.menssheds.org.uk