Don’t Just Sit There

To mark Mens’ Health Week 2018 the Essex Shed Network was pleased to support Don’t Just Sit There – a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and laughter with award winning comedian John Ryan.

Informative and at times bellyache laughingly funny, John’s connection with the audience and handle on the health issues that men may face made for a tremendous afternoon.

Shedders from across Essex were also entertained by BBC Essex’s Ronnie Barbour who compered and talked about some of his own health challenges in a light and amusing way!

Men and women were given more detail around some men’s health topics delivered by a panel including, Prostate UK and local Prostate and men’s health charity CHAPS, Diabetes UK, Provide and the Samaritans. There was also information on local activities and ways to keep you active and well.

“Very well done. Eye opener” an Essex Shedder

Feedback from the event was positive with the audience going away with a better understanding of what health issues they might encounter and what to do about them.

One Shed lead has been so inspired that he wishes to put on a very similar event in the south of the County… we will keep you posted!

West Essex Sheds receive training from college

Shedders from West Essex recently visited Chelmsford College to undertake Health and Safety training on the use of Power tools.

The training took place in the June half term break coinciding with Volunteers Week,

Read more about the training and the experience of the Shedders on the Chelmsford College Website

Chelmsford Shed Unveiled


Picture attached: With The Chairman of Essex County Council are (l-r) Shedders: Paul, Kevin, John, David, Bob with Lorraine, Sophie from QBE, Cllr Walsh, Nick from Backhouse, Peter, Jon Lyons from Chelmsford City Council.

Celebrating International Men’s Day on the 19th of November, local charity, Centre Supporting Voluntary Action (CSVA), unveiled a home for a new Men’s Shed project for Chelmsford.

The new Chelmsford Shed aims to offer a space for men to share skills and become part of a community. Lorraine Jarvis, from the CSVA said: “The project could not have started without the help and support of many local people. Huge thanks go to Chelmsford City Council for identifying a suitable building, to local solicitors Backhouse for legal help, to Essex County Council ‘s Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) and the QBE Foundation who have helped to fund the main refurbishment. Our Shedders can now start to make the place their own.”

Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council said:  “This is exactly the kind of community led project that our Community Initiatives Fund was set up to support. It’s a great example of how we are able to inject cash directly into local projects that make such a difference to the lives of so many local people and we wish all those involved in the Chelmsford Men’s Shed every success.”

Cllr Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment who leads the CIF programme added: “Since CIF launched ten years ago, we’ve invested almost £20 million into a diversity of community projects. Here is another great example of a grass roots project that will bring far-reaching health and well-being benefits to so many local people.”

Essex Shed Network Coordinator Hamish Macdiarmid commented, “All relevant funders and participants, including those previously mentioned, as well as Maldon & District CVS, Who Will Care, Essex Community Foundation/Community Resilience Fund are excited to see the Chelmsford Shed taking shape. Here’s to getting the ‘Shed On’ in 2017!”

To find out more about the Chelmsford Men’s Shed please call 01245 351888 or visit: and click on the Chelmsford Shed logo.

For more information about The CIF visit