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Men's Sheds

What is a Men’s Shed?

A men’s shed is a safe social space for all men with time on their hands, to come together to socialise and carry out a range of purposeful activities chosen by the shedders for themselves or for their local community. Like Age Scotland, sheds aim to provide positive views of aging and later life, tackle loneliness and isolation and help older to be as well as they can be.

Sheds can be found across the four corners of Scotland. You can find your nearest Shed on the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association’s Find a Shed page.

Support for your shed

Age Scotland
We have been supporting and enabling the development of new and existing Sheds since 2013. You can get assistance from a variety of sources including our Community Development Officers. You can also access support by becoming a member of Age Scotland.

Our Community Development team
Become an Age Scotland member

Scottish Men’s Sheds Association (SMSA)
SMSA’s sole focus is supporting Scotland’s Shedders and their supporters to create Men’s Sheds in their community across Scotland. Visit their website here. 

Visit the SMSA website

UK Men’s Sheds Association (UKMSA)
UKMSA is the support body for Men's Sheds across the UK.

Visit the UKMSA website

Other local sources of support:
You can also get help from your local:
• Third Sector Interface
• Community Learning and Development department of your local authority
• NHS Communities / Health Promotion
• Elected Representatives including councillors, MPs, MSPs and Community Councillors

Find out how to contact your elected representatives

Men's Sheds Toolkit
A Toolkit for the Development and Sustainability of Sheds in the UK and Ireland

Access the Toolkit

Want to set up a Shed?

Speak to our Community Development team to find out more about setting up or developing a shed.

Find a Shed

Looking to join a Shed? Search the directory on the Scottish Men's Shed Association website for your nearest shed.

Tell your Shed's story

We have pulled together a wealth of resources to help Shedders share the story and impact of their Shed.

Got a question?

If you would like to find out more about Men's Sheds, contact the Age Scotland Community Development team.

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