Welcome to the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association

The Scottish Men’s Sheds Association’s sole focus is supporting Scotland’s Shedders and their supporters to create Men’s Sheds in their community across Scotland. If you need help, inspiration or just a chat, you have come to the right place.

Our website has many sections with over 40 pages of Shed information and links. So be sure to look at the page tabs at the top of every page and enjoy all the info!

Become part of a growing grass roots movement, become a SMSA member for FREE today and access our online member library with downloadable documents. Just click on the Join SMSA link above!

Do you use You Tube? The Scottish Men’s Sheds Association has its own channel with lots of Shed films. Today here is a way to simply make a Protective Face Shield from Doctors in Germany. Please pass on to others who have laminators at home or in the office and supply to your local care homes, food takeway outlets etc. – we also make our own films about Scottish Men’s Sheds promoting what the Men’s Sheds concept is all about.  This highlights creative solution thinking by our Scottish Shedders –  be sure to subscribe to watch our films:  Scottish Men’s Sheds Association You Tube Channel.

Covid-19: Advice for our members and NEW Face Shield templates to make for yourselves and communities

This advice is given in the interest of protecting your own health, the health of your Shedders and the wider community. Thanks to the efforts of the Kinross and District Men’s Shed they have created, trialled and now made available the best templates to make Face Shields.

You can download the templates either to be made with a pair of scissors or the more robust 3D Printed ones with all the required codes. Log in to the website and look in the Resource Section and download.

To access these if you are not an individual member – join for free below to get your Log In details.

This is difficult and uncharted territory for the whole country but we will play our part and support the efforts to slow down the spread of this virus in our communities.

    
To become an individual member of the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association join here for free –Free individual membership application

I hope that all of your Sheds are now closed as the Prime Minister said back in March: “ Clubs, pubs, sporting venues, churches, cinemas, gyms and casinos will all shut their doors across the country” –  “ only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cant be done from home), Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash your hands when you get home”.

We will continue to give updates through our social media channels like Facebook and emails as new ideas spring forth to keep us all connected.

This connectedness can still continue by different means, even during this very difficult time.

***Please use the SMSA Member Sheds Forum  on Facebook as a support network to stay connected to fellow Shedders, chat and post your Shed’s status***

More so than ever, it is important that we support each other. It is important to stay in touch with all your members. We hope that you will continue to connect with one another and check in on those who may be particularly isolated during this period with a phone call or set up free Zoom conference calling with Shedders, friends and family etc.- www.zoom.us

For information from the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) re the impacts of these times for Covid-19 Charities please keep checking their website here : OSCR WWW and here for Frequently Asked Questions OSCR FAQ’s

For info and updates from the Scottish Government, click here.

 

Be well and stay calm and connected lads
Jason, Isobel, Michelle and the SMSA Board

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Promote

We are here as your association to promote you, get like minded people in your area to be able to find you and get you all connected! Without you we don’t have a thriving grass roots driven Scottish Men’s Sheds Movement.

Educate

We are here to help educate people and organisations to the major benefits of supporting the creation of Men’s Sheds by our local communities throughout Scotland. We will educate through all our communication channels – website, social media, conferences and presentations and more.

Inform

We are here to inform you about the latest funding opportunities, news that will inspire you to achieve your dream, keep you up to date with changing Scottish laws that might effect your Shed and inform you of opportunities to make an impact on local councils and Scottish government policies.

Inspire

We are here to inspire you to enjoy a happier and healthy life by joining us in the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association and the Scottish Men’s Sheds Movement. Our website is packed full of useful information and will be constantly growing.

Assist

We are here to assist you with any questions or challenges you will face along the journey of creating or participating in your Men’s Shed. We know because we have mostly already faced them in creating our own local Sheds all across Scotland. Without you being successful we don’t have a thriving grass roots driven Scottish Men’s Sheds Movement.

Support

We welcome everybody irrespective of gender, religious beliefs or political views etc who would see this being successful and would like to be involved in making it so all across Scotland. Join today!

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.

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