Men’s Shed ‘Toolkit’ Launched

New Resource launched to help Men build sheds

The Essex Shed Network is launching a new Shed ‘Toolkit’ to support communities in Essex to set up Men in Shed projects. The Toolkit which covers topics like finding a venue, health and safety and policy development, promotion and funding also highlights the importance of Shed projects to men at risk of social isolation.

The launch of this new resource coincides with International Men’s Day on the 19th November 2017. This international awareness day highlights the health inequalities that exist between men and women including the global difference between life expectancies for men and women and increased male suicide rates.

“Men in Shed” projects are thriving community initiatives which aim to address these inequalities, supporting to come together and socialise, make things and increase their social circle. This in turn has a positive impact on both their physical and mental health, increasing activity levels and reducing isolation.

Hamish Macdiarmid the ESN Coordinator says

“We are delighted with this ‘Toolkit’ and think that it will be very useful for anyone who would like to set up a ‘Men in Sheds’ project in Essex”.

The foreword of the toolkit has been written by Sir Bob Russell, former MP for Colchester who says

“The “Men in Sheds” concept is small in size at the moment, but big in endeavour and enthusiasm. It is an acorn which has taken root.”

The Toolkit can be downloaded from the Essex Shed Network website from Sunday 19th November.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the document or speak to someone about setting up a shed in your area please call Hamish on 07714 740642 or email

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