Supporting Men’s Sheds in Essex

What are Men’s Sheds?

A Men’s Shed is not unlike a traditional Shed in its nature – a place full of tools and machines – but on a larger scale with room for many. It is essentially a safe space for men to come together and share conversation and tools whilst engaging in practical projects (most commonly wood craft). Sheds are places of skill sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. 

Why Men’s Sheds?

Because it’s been identified that men simply aren’t as well served when it comes to clubs, groups or other community initiatives when compared to women. The statistics surrounding men’s health present a worrying trend: 1 in 5 men die before the age of 65. There are many factors involved- physical, mental, cultural and environmental- but the fact remains men are far more vulnerable to becoming socially isolated and/or lonely than women.

Who we are

The Essex Shed Network is a not-for-profit partnership between Maldon & District CVS and CVS Uttlesford and funded by National Lottery’s Community Fund. Our aim is to provide support to anyone in Essex wishing to set up a Men’s Shed, whilst also providing help to existing Sheds to ensure their sustainability.

We do this by sharing our knowledge and expertise which has been won through setting up several Sheds from nothing. We provide help with funding applications, governance, health and safety, drawing up a code of conduct and more. We arrange training as well as regular events which bring Shedders from across the county together, to share their knowledge and experiences with each other which ultimately strengthens the Network.