Support our Men in Sheds by donating your unwanted tools, equipment, timber and refreshments*
We are always in need of good quality wood-working tools, equipment and timber for Men in Sheds - our ground-breaking project that supports older men who want to get together, share and learn new skills all in the welcoming setting of a workshop. More importantly, this project also supports older men who are isolated or disengaged from their community or are experiencing major changes in life.
So if you, or a family member, have timber that is of no use to you in your own shed or garages, or you've replaced your old tools and equipment with new ones, don't just throw them away! We can put your donated items into good use to make creative works of art, ornaments and small furniture. All products made by our shed members are sold to raise vital funds to help sustain the project.
What we can use
- Good quality wood-working tools e.g. screwdriver, saw, chisel
- Woodworking consumables e.g. sandpaper, nails and screws
- High quality electrical equipment e.g. rechargeable drill, drill bits
- Good quality timber e.g. offcuts, plywood, pallet wood (good quality pallets)
- Tea, coffee and biscuits are always welcome at the sheds. The social side to Men in Sheds is just as important as the wood working element, and our members and volunteers are partial to a biscuit or two…*fig rolls are definitely a favourite!
What we can't use
- MDF or Chipboard
- Rotten timber or timber with woodworm
Please note: we have limited capacity to collect. Contact us to find out where you can donate.
Please donate anything else you think will be useful to our sheds. Be imaginative! But if you are still unsure, please call our shed volunteers:
Unit 4, Boundary Court
Gilbert Way, Burma Road Industrial Estate
Opening hours: Tues 9am - 2pm & Thurs 9am - 1pm
Volunteer Shed Managers: Peter Anderson, Alan Ormston & David Ives
t 01623 797 750
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The Stores Building
Jubilee House Compound
Opening hours: Mon - Weds, 9.30am – 3:30pm
t 0115 920 8771
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Shed donation FAQs
Can Age UK Notts collect my donation from home?
If you are unable to bring in your unwanted tools, equipment or timber, we offer collection on a case-to-case basis. Please call one of our shed co-ordinators (details above) to make arrangements.
I have donated an item by mistake, can I get it back?
We will do our best to return any item that you have donated to our sheds by mistake. Please call one of our shed co-ordinators (details above) for advice.
Can I buy from the sheds?
Men in Sheds can upcycle your wooden items or you can commission your very own piece. Please get in touch with your local shed to discuss the options available.
We attend local events and have open days at our venues throughout the year where our ‘makes’ can be purchased. Give us a call to see what we have available or please follow our Facebook pages to keep up to date with our upcoming events.
Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire is a registered charity (registered charity number 1067881) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered company number 3455485). Correspondence address: The Lifestyle Centre, 16 - 18 Bridgeway Centre, Nottingham NG2 2JD. Registered office: The Sybil Levin Centre, 577a Nuthall Rd, Nottingham NG8 6AD.