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Our innovative Men in Sheds projects provide a place for men to come together and pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.

Older man at work on a practical woodwork project

Our Men’s Sheds welcome older men who would like to use and share practical skills, tools and resources to work on projects of their own choosing. Whichever activities are pursued, the essence of a Shed is not the building but the network of relationships between the members.

What is a Shed?

Our Sheds are just larger versions of the typical man’s garden shed. They are equipped with work benches and specific equipment relevant to what the Shed members would like to do. The Shed is a place of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. They are a place of leisure when men can come together to work. Reclamation, reuse and restoration feature strongly - and some say that is true of the men too!

What can I do at a Shed?

Within reason, whatever you want! Current activities at our Sheds include woodworking, a model railway, gardening, bike repairs and pottery. It is a diverse range and activities are not limited to what is already going on at a Shed. You may want to get involved with some electronics, re-upholstery, music, computing, calligraphy or something else entirely. The activities are led by the men and we try to accommodate requests for different activities (space allowing and dependent on any specific equipment needed).

Where is my nearest Shed?

We have 2 Sheds: Loughborough and Oakham.

Charnwood Shed

Men in Sheds: Mon, Wed, Thurs — 9am-1pm. Women in Sheds: Tues — 9.30am-1.30pm

Unit 9 Oaks Industrial Estate 
Festival Drive 
Loughborough 
Leicestershire 
LE11 5XN

Rutland Shed (Men in Sheds)

Wed — 11am-4pm, Fri — 10am-noon

Men in Sheds
Rutland County Museum
Catmos St
Oakham
LE15 6HW

Is it free of charge to attend a Shed?

Largely, yes it is. We do ask for a nominal contribution towards refreshments and day-to-day expenses, but apart from that all facilities are free for you to use. Our Sheds have been supported by local and national funders such as the Big Lottery, Charnwood Borough Council, Rutland and Leicestershire County Councils; we have also received help from corporate supporters including Samworth Bros, Lands End, Persimmon Homes, Ashfield Healthcare and Tesco (through their Bags of Support fund).

How do I join a Shed?

Just get in contact with the Shed Coordinator and let him know you’d like to come along.

Loughborough Shed

Contact Martin Gladders,
01509 211603
martin.gladders@ageukleics.org.uk

Loughborough Shed Information Leaflet

Oakham Shed

Contact Brian Lee,
07540 413 805
brian.lee@ageukleics.org.uk

Oakham Shed Information Leaflet

Men in Sheds Rutland Gallery

This gallery shows a selection of the type of items that have been made to order by Men in Sheds Rutland.

If you are interested in ordering a bespoke item, please contact the Rutland Shed by email, brian.lee@ageukleics.org.uk with your request.

If we are able to proceed with your order, we will ask you to provide a drawing or scale model of the item. A price will be agreed before we commence work on the project.

A Montage of items produced by Men in Sheds Rutland

A tea light holder produced by one of the men in our Rutland Shed

A wooden planter that one of the men from the Rutland Shed produced

Wooden wheelbarrows produced at Men in Sheds Rutland

Men in Sheds Charnwood Gallery

Below is a selection of items that have been made to order by Men in Sheds Charnwood.

If you are interested in ordering a bespoke item, please contact the Charnwood Shed by email, martin.gladders@ageukleics.org.uk with your idea.

If we are able to proceed with your order, we will ask you to provide a drawing or scale model of the item. A price will be agreed before we commence work on the project.

A selection of items produced by the men in our Charnwood shed.

A lovely planter create by one of our "shedders" in the Charnwood Shed

Rob's Story — ‘Shed Loads’ of support for men

Rob standing in the Shed's greenhouse made of recycled plastic bottles

Rob Davies has experienced multiple life changing events since April 2014. It was then that he was made redundant from his GP Practice Manager position and embarked on a lengthy job search. Having always been very successful at interviews, Rob and his wife, Lisa, found it strange that it was taking so long to find a job. A visit to his GP resulted in a diagnosis of anxiety and depression and a prescription for anti-depressants, but Rob still struggled on the job front.

Eventually in 2015, he joined Hinckley logistics company DPD helping them to set up the local operation. It was the perfect job, being stress free and local to him, but after a few weeks his Manager took him to one side and sensitively explained that he felt something wasn’t quite right. He suggested that Rob visit his doctor because his performance didn’t tally with his impressive CV and his experience.

A GP referral resulted in Rob’s diagnosis of early onset dementia in October 2015 at the age of just 52. Life at this point changed radically for the whole family. Whilst Rob isn’t so aware of the impact his dementia has, his wife Lisa says that forgetfulness has changed the sorts of things he can do. Rob had been a fantastic cook but can no longer follow a recipe or work out cooking timings and his brilliance on the computer has also gradually waned. Lisa and Rob now live their lives by lists to help Rob remember what he needs to do while Lisa is at work – to have lunch, pop in to check on his mother and to take some exercise, usually a walk or bike ride.

The diagnosis also meant that Rob was no longer allowed to drive. Lisa worried about Rob being home alone all day and was keen for support to get him out of the house. Their Occupational Therapist suggested attending the Loughborough Men in Sheds project and Adult Social Services arranged for someone to drive him there for his first 16 weeks.

Rob joined the Shed after Christmas and attends one day a week, getting involved in the greenhouse project and woodworking. In Rob’s words: “When I first walked through the door I felt at home. It has a good atmosphere and the members are friendly and supportive. Everyone helps each other and that’s the best bit – someone always says ‘I know how to do that, I’ll show you’. I used to do a lot of DIY so I’ve been able to use those skills here but if you’re not sure about something, someone else in the Shed will know.”

Whilst the support and camaraderie are valued by Rob, Lisa feels that the structure of the day is really important: “Rob was 17 when he got his first job and worked every working day right up to 52. So coming here perpetuates the feeling of going somewhere, doing something, feeling productive and coming away feeling that he’s achieved something – and that’s very important to Rob. When we talk in the morning about what Rob is doing that day, he’s much more positive on days he’s due to visit the Shed and then there’s something to talk about in the evening. Rob’s always been a very social person so to be stuck in the village, in a house on his own when everyone else is out all day is just alien to Rob. I know he’s amongst supportive and friendly people but also that he is doing something that he likes doing.”