Men’s Sheds – Changing lives

Learn things. Make things. Drink tea.

Each Shed offers local men a welcoming space to work on projects, socialise and become part of a community. Join your local shed today.

Newport Shed

This is an exciting space in the middle of Newport, fully stocked with tools and equipment, where you are able to undertake various ‘shed-like’ activities, as well as growing, learning to cook and eat cake!  

All new members are most welcome to attend.  We meet every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm at Age UK IW’s offices at 147 High Street, Newport, PO30 1TY (next to County Hall). 

Shanklin Shed

Winchester House YMCA has offered the Men in Sheds a room to turn into a Men's Shed. This is a fantastically generous offer, one of many things Winchester House is doing to bring in the local community to make more use of the building. 

We have had a floor put into the room and are working on getting the room ready for shed occupation. We meet every Monday at Winchester House YMCA, Sandown Road, Shanklin from  2pm to 4pm. 

Totland Men’s Shed

+++  UPDATE  +++
We have now moved to Fort Victoria for the winter (it’s much warmer there!) The Totland Shed will be working alongside Sunken Secrets, a wonderful underwater archaeology museum located within the very arches of this impressive Victorian fort.
Thanks to Totland Parish Council, the West Wight has a shed to call its own!  We have now moved from our normal location on Turf Walk to Fort Victoria for the winter (it’s much warmer there!) The Totland Shed will be working alongside Sunken Secrets, a wonderful underwater archaeology museum located within the very arches of this impressive Victorian fort.  We meet every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. Just pop along to see what we are about, the kettle is always on. 

Newport Acoustic Music Shed

If you would rather learn a riff than how to put together a bird box, then this could be the Shed for you. A group of musicians of all abilities meets every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8pm at The First Floor, Chain Lane, Newport PO30 5QA. Bring an instrument, bring some tabs.

For more information follow us on Facebook or take a look at our website (see below). Cost for this Shed is £2 per week (includes a free hot drink). 

Sandown Engineering Shed

Browns Family Golf Course was created by the golfing legend, Henry Cotton. a world famous golfer of his day. Power was needed on site to serve the club house and water the greens, and so two Ruston machines were installed, which are still there to this day,  untouched for over 50 years. 

A grant was found to help make the building housing the machinery watertight once again but here is little or no money to restore the machinery itself. Men in Sheds was approached to see if we could help. So we managed to get a group of retired engineers to come along to see if this is a project that would interest them, and we are pleased to say that it most certainly does!

We are looking for willing engineering type volunteers prepared to get oil under their fingernails to help restore these beauties. If you are interested, please get in touch through our Contact page.

Brading Shed

The new Brading shed has its home at the Brading Youth Club. The intention of this shed is to make it an integral part of the Brading Community, bringing together men from the area to help maintain and improve the facility, as well as providing a space for other events to take place. Brading Community Partnership is looking to turn the Youth Club into a community asset, for the benefit of all. 

We meet every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. Please wear suitable clothing (for activities, such as painting). You can just turn up on the day, or of you would like to talk, please get in touch with us on the details below. 

Would you like to join a Shed?

Please contact Lois on: (01983) 525282 or email: lois.prior@ageukiw.org.uk.

More information on the Men in Sheds movement on the Island can be found on the website: www.iowsheds.weebly.com or on Twitter: @IOWShedMen.

The Men in Shed’s Project is supported by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding as part of the Ageing Better Programme.

The partnership includes organisations committed to building an Island that values, respects, and actively supports older people, with the voice of older residents at the heart. Encouraging older adults to take a more active role in their communities, and enabling their voices to be heard by services and organisations across the Island.

For more information on the Ageing Better Programme programme please contact us on (01983) 525282, email: hello@agefriendlyisland.org or visit: www.agefriendlyisland.org.