An Introduction to Men's Shed Project.

Men's Sheds are a great alternative to traditional social pastimes.

The Men's Shed is a communal workshop where men (and women) gather to tinker on projects, pursue hobbies and pastimes, share interests and learn new skills whilst relaxing and enjoying each other's company.

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      Skills Shared                  Crafts Learned 
                               Create                                 Design  
                                    
                                   Undertake Projects                      
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     Pursue Hobbies                                             Relax
     
     Drink Tea                     Achieve                           Laugh             
 
A typical Shed will include work benches, tools and spaces to relax and chat.

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Above: Some of the Galashiels 'Shedders' on a visit to the Macmerry Men's Shed, East Lothian

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Above: Men at Work - Macmerry Men's Shed, East Lothian.

Activities might include:- 

Carpentry 

Mechanics 

Bicycle repair 

Tool renovation 

Furniture making 

Model engineering 

Gardening 

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Who Can Join? Membership is usually aimed at men and women of ALL ages and backgrounds.

Premises? Men's Sheds can operate from many different types of premises: -

Rooms in community centres

Village halls

Industrial units

Garages

Or...........Even a Shed !

It all depends on the numbers of people who want to be involved and availability.

Who's in Charge? Most that have been set up in the UK have been run by local committees.

The day-to-day management is usually up to the members, with 'Shedders' deciding on activities and projects, giving them control of their sheds.

How can I get involved? A number of Men's Shed Projects are currently being considered or are under development in more towns across the Scottish Borders. Click here for a list! If you would like to become involved, or would like to find out more, contact us on 01896 754 041. 

More Information.... For more information on Men's Sheds in general, go to the UK Men's Shed Association website www.menssheds.org.uk