About SMSA

Making a Difference in Our Lives

About Us

The Scottish Men’s Shed Association was launched in November 2015 with the aim of helping new and existing groups to set up and run a Men’s Shed in their local town or community. We are here to give a helping hand to anyone looking for assistance or more information on what it means to develop and run a Men’s Shed.

These web pages contain information we hope will be useful to help you to develop your plans, speak to the right people about funding and premises and on how to approach people with your ideas for your Shed.  You will see what worked in the past for other groups and could help to provide potential funders or councils with the facts and figures you might need to make the strongest case you can for a Shed in your community.

We are not here to tell you how to run your Shed or what you can and cannot do with your volunteers or community groups, we are simply here to give you as much help and guidance as we can, drawing on our experience setting up and running Sheds in Scotland to make yours operate as smoothly as possible.

Individual Membership – if you are a supporter of Scottish Men’s Sheds and live in Scotland join us today and receive in the post your very stylish Scottish Men’s Sheds Association membership pin – all completely FREE!

Please click here to become an individual member online, which as we have said is completely free. This will also give you full access to the whole website so you can download the important and helpful documents in the Members Only section which becomes available once you have logged in. So you must become a member first, we will process your application and email you back letting you know you have been accepted and can now Log In to the full website. Easy as that, we look forward to connecting with you!

Men’s Shed or a Shed Developing Group Membership!

If you are a Men’s Shed or a Shed Developing Group then there is also another and different membership option to the Individual Membership above which you can join as well. It attracts an annual paid membership of £25 per Shed or Shed Developing group. Yes, only £25!

This membership has different benefits to the individual membership.

Your SMSA Shed Membership: Shed Membership to SMSA needs to comply with the aims and purposes of the SMSA Constitution, Terms and Conditions and being by definition in name a ‘Men’s Shed’, is therefore entitled to the full benefits of membership including all available SMSA partner benefits.

The FULL Shed Member benefits are on the Join part of the website!

Cost per Shed – £25 per year.


Click the link to access the SMSA Shed Member / Shed  Developing Groups Benefits and the Terms and Conditions


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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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