The shed concept began in Australia in the mid 90's. There was a realisation that older men encountered a number of health and well-being issues, that could in part, be attributable to social isolation. However, when men got together for practical activities there could be a lot of sharing of experiences and their health and wellbeing could improve. It was recognised that men often adopted a mentoring mindset when doing physical work together. They would more easily share information and help each other in the workshop than elsewhere. So, the concept of the 'men's shed' was born. It would be a place where men could meet together and experience some of the positive aspects of the working environment. 

What is a Men’s Shed?

In many ways a Men's Shed is like a larger version of the typical garden shed.

A group of men come together to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. It is a place where men feel at home, have a laugh, socialise, pursue practical interests and stay active.

It's a place to capture and pass on skills and craftsmanship. The Shed can also be a place to come and sit for a while, have a chat over a cup of tea.