The Essex Shed Network provides support to new and established sheds. Below are a series of resources and links that provide information on setting up and running a community group or charity, with a particular focus on  issues that are relevant to Sheds.

We hope you find these useful, if you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about your Shed please contact the Essex Shed Network 


We have produced two guides for anyone considering starting either a Men’s Shed or Shed Inside project in their community. These ‘Toolkits’ contain advice on:

  • Getting started: community consultation, finding a venue, charity structures and commitees
  • Finding funding: budgeting, funding sources, writing a funding bod
  • Running your Shed:  Insurances, policy writing and managing finances
  • Shed Safety: Health and Safety, risk assessments, COSHH and equipment.

To download a Toolkit please click below:

We offer support and advice to Sheds as they grow, but we encourage all Men’s Sheds to set themselves up as a Charitable Independent Organisation as soon as they can. There is information within the toolkit about the options available to Sheds, but the table and flow chart below are also useful points of reference:

GDPR update
In 2018 changes were made to Data Protection Legislation with the introduction and enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation. Sheds are encouraged to review the way they collect and store any personal data records such as memberships to ensure they are compliant.

Essex Shed Network Evaluation 2019

In 2019 our partnership with Essex Community Foundations, Community Resilience Fund came to a close as a new partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund began. We compiled a report covering the three years we enjoyed support from ECF and the good work that we achieved together- ESN end of project report

Essex Shed Network Evaluation 2017

In 2017 we carried out an evaluation of the Essex Shed Network and the impact that Shed projects have on Shedders health and wellbeing as well as case studies on individual shedders.

View our ESN Infographic for a quick overview of Essex Sheds.

Other resources