Men in Sheds is a project that supports people who want to get together to share and learn new wood-working and DIY skills. It takes its inspiration from the international Mens Shed’s movement originally started in Australia.
The project is aimed primarily, although not exclusively, at older men that may not benefit from the ‘traditional’ activities that are on offer. Based around woodworking and handicraft activities in a specially built ‘shed’ workshop, the project also aims to give the participants an opportunity to meet and socialise.
The ‘shed’ is provided which is a workshop with tools and equipment and a co-ordinator for support. Shed volunteers could come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from highly skilled to hobbyists. All work together and there is a room for everyone.
You can put your skills to good use, share your knowledge, learn new skills and possibly put the world to rights over a cup of tea. Products can be sold to help support the Men in Sheds Project.
What are the benefits of volunteering for this project?
• Opportunities to socialise and make new friends
• Experience the camaraderie of working with other men
• Put practical skills to good use and share them with others
• Try something new and learn new skills
The opportunity is available Monday to Thursday and volunteers can choose the hours and frequency of their support. We welcome those wishing to volunteer daily, weekly or monthly.
For people of all ages, active or not so active, with a little time to spare to do something useful and creative whilst making new friends. Varied activities include re-caning chairs and stools, upholstery, sewing and knitting, poppy assembly for the Royal British Legion and much more. (Closed Fridays.)
Volunteers might be a retired carpenter, woodwork teacher or just have had some experience with woodworking and DIY.
Knowledge of Health and Safety Regulations and procedures would be useful but training is available.
No previous experience of volunteering is required but enthusiasm is the biggest requirement!
Workshop attached to the Woodhouse Centre.
Accessessible by public transport.