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The Scottish Men’s Sheds Association (SMSA) services are provided free of charge as is our Individual Membership and for charitable bodies who support our purposes and aims. A paid membership for a Men’s Shed is also available with many different benefits at £25 per year per Shed.

SMSA is the national support association for the Men’s Shed movement in Scotland, representing thousands of its members and providing practical support through its extensive website, various activities, social media channels and partner organisations.

Join the SMSA as an individual for free and ACCESS the whole website (Member Resource Library) once you are Logged In. Become part of this grassroots movement to improve lives across Scotland, one person at a time.

There are two different options of membership – one for individuals (FREE) and one for a Men’s Shed or Shed Developing Groups (£25 PER YEAR). They have very different criteria and benefits. See across the page.

We suggest that anyone who supports the Men’s Sheds Movement in any shape and form become an Individual Member.


To read our PRIVACY Policy and COOKIES Policy as to what we do with any information gathered about you please click the relevant sections below. This data collection will be part of your joining us which will allow us to process your application. Click below to download the policies.




Individual Membership is FREE

  • Full ‘Log In’ access to our website and all its Shed Guidance and Research download documents.
  • Every edition of The Scottish Shedder newsletter emailed to you.
  • Advice and assistance by telephone or email.
  • Local and regional support as our network develops.
  • Access to information, events and conferences showcasing the community of Men’s Sheds and activities of Shedders.


Full Men’s Shed Membership – £25 per year

  • Benefit from our exclusive SMSA insurance discounts and specialist guidance from our insurance partner for all the stages of your Shed journey: The Shed and its contents, members, trustees and visitors etc.
  • Get the cheapest electricity for your Shed – not available to the public and only through our business partner Citrus Energy Ltd.
  • Receive a 5% discount on all Axminster tools and special offers.
  • You qualify to apply for accommodation and travel costs to share ideas and learn from other Men’s Sheds across the country through our membership agreement with Scottish Community Alliance – Learning Exchange grant program. During the pandemic your Shed can apply for funding for an annual Zoom package so you are not restricted to the 40 Minute cut off period worth over £100 to keep connected with your members and other Sheds.
  • Through our relationship with the Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) protected access to their new manual, The AMSA Interactive Manual: this is the quintessential guide for developing and operational Men’s Sheds.
  • Receive an electronic edition of The Scottish Shedder newsletter for your Shed.
  • Editor access to the SMSA Shed Member Forum on Facebook (you will need a personal Facebook account to use this). Allowing two of your members to be editors and post directly your Sheds wants, giveaways and/or ‘for sale’ items to other Sheds, publicise events, show what you have created to inspire others, make connections and share information about ‘everything Shed’ to those who want to know. This is your online Shed networking Forum.

Apply online and pay your annual subs via bank transfer/cheque or set up a standing order – Our Administrator will be in touch once we receive your online application or contact us on – 07397 382533 for our bank details. We also now take card payments if you haven’t set up a Shed bank account particularly for Developing Groups.

Scottish Men’s Shed Membership – £25 per year per Shed


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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