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Our Women in Sheds project is a great place for women to socialise, pursue practical projects and share skills – all in a friendly, fully-equipped workshop.

A woman working on a project in a workshop

We welcome women of all skill levels to our Shed in Charnwood. It’s a welcoming, social environment where a sense of community and shared endeavour meet creativity and skill-sharing to facilitate fantastic practical projects.

So why not get stuck into those hobbies old and new you have been meaning to pursue, get creative and make yourself some new friends at the same time?

What is a Shed?

Our Sheds are just larger, high-tech versions of a typical garden shed. They are equipped with work benches, tools and a wide array of equipment to help you achieve the projects you would like to pursue. The Shed is a place of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. It’s a place of leisure where women can come together to work, socialise and support each other.

What can I do at a Shed?

While our Shed is probably not equipped to build something like an aircraft, within reason you can make whatever you want! Current activities at the Shed have included woodworking, making garden benches, garden gates and even restoring a trike.

However, by no means are you limited to doing the kind of things that are already going on at the Shed! You may want to get involved with some electronics, re-upholstery, music, computing, calligraphy or something else entirely – the choice is yours. The activities are led by you with a bit of help from us when required, and we try to accommodate requests for different activities (space allowing and dependent on any specific equipment needed).

Two women at the Shed working on a joinery project

Where does Women in Sheds take place?

Women in Sheds currently takes place at our Charnwood Shed.

Charnwood Shed

Women in Sheds: Tues — 9.30am-1.30pm
Unit 9 Oaks Industrial Estate
Festival Drive
LE11 5XN

Is it free of charge to attend a Shed?

Largely, the Shed is free to use. We do ask for a small contribution towards refreshments and day-to-day expenses, but apart from that all facilities are free. Our Sheds have been kindly supported and made possible by local and national funders such as the Big Lottery, Charnwood Borough Council, Rutland and Leicestershire County Councils. We have also received generous 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?

It’s very simple to join a Shed. All you need to do is contact the Shed Coordinator Martin Gladders and let him know you’d like to come along!

Martin Gladders, Charnwood Shed Coordinator
01509 211603

Women in Sheds Gallery

Below is little taste of what has been produced so far. However, do not be put off by these ambitious endeavours– smaller projects are great too!

A garden bench that one of the women has made

A beautiful trike that one of the women has made

One of the women with a lovely garden gate she has made

What the women say about the Shed

The women at the Shed standing for a group photo

“To do something for myself rather than others, I think I’ve done things for others all the time….now is the time for ourselves!” – Purnima

“In my days you learnt just domestic science, you learnt to cook, sew and that was it! You didn’t learn any woodwork or any metalwork, or jewellery making or anything like that. I can do it all now, I think it’s fantastic, it’s an amazing place to come!” – Brenda 

“When you’ve got jobs that need doing at home I would wait for one of my boys to come round and say can you do this, can you do that, or can you help me. Now, I mean I’m going to ask for a vice for my birthday to go in my garden shed so I can do even more stuff for myself” – Suzie

Find Out More

Download our Women in Sheds Leaflet to find out more details.