What is a Men’s Shed?

What is a Men’s Shed?

Men’s Sheds mean very different things to the diverse parts of our society. The SMSA feel it is very important to highlight some of these different views,

‘What is a Men’s Shed? –

  • Men,
  • Women and Families
  • Professionals’

and the danger if we try and fit them all into a ‘one box fits all’ mentality. So to understand the varied community benefits please do read these three sub sections in the drop down menu under – What is a Men’s Shed?

In a nutshell however, a Scottish Men’s Shed is a permanent meeting place where lots of good community and healthy ‘self and group determined’ experiences take place. They take place by ‘everyday’ people with ‘time on their hands’ willing to act with the skills they already have within their local community.

The ‘place’ (many different types of buildings = the Shed) which is used for many different activities is run by a volunteer group (Shed committee) for themselves and other men over the age of eighteen (usually) who have ‘time on their hands’, want to get out the house/flat to socialise (chat and put the world to rights, sometimes) and maybe also do something (build/repair,up-cycle/create/learn/mentor) in between the socialising in an alcohol free and welcoming environment.

The Scottish Men’s Shed is for all men who have ‘time on their hands’ who might want to lead active lives, make a difference and build their communities into something better. It has older men and younger men, unemployed and employed, skilled and unskilled. It has a value system of: ‘we value you for who you are, not what you do or have done’. If you have ‘skills’ that’s a bonus not a prerequisite to become a Shedder. Everyone by virtue of ‘experiencing life’ has value and something to share. Shedders go to a Men’s Shed for different reasons and over time those reasons can also change. We certainly hope they may as your life changes and therefore so do your needs and outlook on life.

So we encourage you to read all the three sections to get a broader perspective of, ‘What is a Men’s Shed’ –  Men, Women and Families and Professionals’.

We hope the quotes on the right hand side demonstrate what going to a Shed means to the men and the photos and video will give you some idea of the activities which take place in a Scottish Men’s Shed and indeed many of the 1500 Men’s Sheds in the Western world today.

It get's me out the house, I walk to our local shed and can put the world to rights with guys that speak my language.- Bill
A Shed is a place I can go to get help with my hobbies and projects or when I need an extra pair of hands.- Ian
I have learnt so much since coming to the Men's Shed and now I can also give back - makes me feel really good when I know I am going to spend the day with the guys in our Shed.- Robert
Since my wife passed away, I never left the house or did anything - my life has completely changed for the better now I have a Men's Shed to go to and I go every chance I get. - Dave

What our members say

In short. We already feel invigorated, more motivated, more active, healthier and indeed happier. Isn’t that what a Shed is about?- Bill B
Your advice and help in negotiating and securing us a lease has been invaluable. We wish you every success in developing the SMSA to the point that every area in Scotland will have a regional advisor. - Alan P
There have been times when the task ahead of us has seemed too much and without your presence to re-kindle our motivation we might have faltered.- Peter
Many thanks for such a fulsome conversation this morning. Both Lawson and I learnt a great deal from our chat and from your advice. Well Being!- Alan S

Men involved in community Men’s Sheds report living healthier, happier and more connected lives.