Most Men’s Sheds start with someone thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a Men’s Shed here?”
To turn your idea into a reality you will need help. This means getting more people interested. You need to find like-minded people who want to make the Men’s Shed a reality.
You want other local people to know what a Men’s Shed is. Once they hear about your idea, some people will want to know more and might offer to help. Try to get people talking about your idea, word of mouth is the best advert, and do your best to provide an easy way for anyone who is interested to get in touch with you.
Firstly check on our online map of Scottish Sheds to see if there already is one or maybe one already being developed in or around your community. If there isn’t one use one or both of our two Facebook opportunities (Scottish Men’s Sheds Association and SMSA Shed Members Forum). Maybe someone has already posted the question or you need to ask the question and see if there are other people or organisations in your area with the same idea.
Get in touch with your local Council Community Centre Development Worker and/or Community Voluntary Service (CVS), Legion Scotland branch, Royal Voluntary Service, Rotary, Lions or Round Table etc. to get some support for your idea. They all offer free services and are there to help you.
You can use local groups, clubs and meetings to spread the word. Find out who runs a local group and ask them for a 10-minute slot at their next meeting. Go along and tell people about Men’s Sheds and keep a note of anyone who is interested. Use our leaflets and wear your member pin to show you are connected to the SMSA Shed Movement.