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Men and Women in Sheds offers a safe place for individual pursuits and community projects, a sense of purpose, achievement, and social interaction.

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Our Rutland and Charnwood Sheds are just larger versions of the typical garden shed, furnished with work benches and equipment for making, mending and restoring. Reclaimed wood and practical skills, either newly learnt or from younger years, are put to good use to make items for nature, the home or just for fun!

Whichever activities are pursued, the essence of a Shed is not the building but the network of relationships between the members, the opportunity to connect and to share life's ups and downs with others.

It is here that friendships are made and problems are shared. Whether learning a new skill or re-engaging with an old hobby, the Sheds offer a unique opportunity to create new objects and make new friends.


"I get to use kit I don't have at home, be creative and it's nice meeting up with other people. We all help each other, it's great!"
Paul, Shed Member

Become a member 

Whether you have a background in wood and metal work or you have never picked up a tool in your life, everyone is welcome at the Shed. Here, people share tools, skills and life with each other, making new friends whilst indulging their creative side. You can put your hand to a project of your choosing, big or small. Use a drill for the first time, try your hand on the pottery wheel or help to make a wheelchair friendly picnic bench. Whatever your skill level, it's not just about the woodwork, it's an opportunity to make new friends, get out of the house and enjoy good company.

An annual membership fee applies. These contributions help us to keep the Sheds open and running alongside the support we receive from the local council, corporates and other funders. The use of tools and materials at the Sheds is then free to all members.

Please contact us to find out more and arrange a visit.

Charnwood Shed
Unit 9 Oaks Industrial Estate, 
Festival Drive,
LE11 5XN

Monday           9.00-12.30   12:30 - 3.30   
Tuesday          9.00-12.30   12:30 - 3.30    
Wednesday     9.00-12.30   12:30 - 3.30    

Tel: 01509 211603

Rutland Shed
Unit 2A,
Oakham Enterprise Park,
LE15 7TU

Monday           9.30-12.30   12:30 - 3.30     Men in Sheds
Tuesday          9.30-12.30   12:30 - 3.30     Men & Women in Sheds
Wednesday     9.30-12.30   12:30 - 3.30     Men in Sheds
Thursday         9.30-12.30   12:30 - 3.30     Women in Sheds

Tel: 01572 720319

Handmade by Men and Women in Sheds

All products are lovingly hand-crafted by local Shed members using reclaimed wood and natural materials where available. 

100% profits go towards the Sheds, providing essential funds to keep the sheds open, benefitting older people in your community.

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