Whether you are an organisation or private individual, the Essex Shed Network exists to support you in your Men’s Shed project. The team are available to provide advice and guidance on every aspect of starting or running a Shed, based on our own experiences of setting up Sheds over the last 8 years. So please do get in touch with us in the first instance via the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Also, we have collated links to helpful resources below which are worth looking through, especially for established organisations looking to start a Men’s Shed project. Some of this could be overwhelming if you are a private individual interested in starting a Shed in your community. The best place to start in this instance is by considering two key factors:

Demand – it takes a fair amount of effort (not to mention funding) to get a Shed up and running, so you want to be sure there is an interest within your locality for a Men’s Shed before embarking on a project.

Premises/location – finding a suitable building or piece of land for your Shed can be challenging, but it’s always surprising to learn what’s available if you make connections and network with the right people (parish or district councils, local charities or hospices etc).

If you have the demand and perhaps some potential opportunities for a premises or location, then we can help guide you through everything else step by step.


ESN Toolkit – A downloadable information pack

Charity Structure – We support all Sheds to become their own charitable organisation (ideally CIO), these links provide a guide:

Table of Charity Structure

Flow Chart relating to Charity Structure

Other useful links:

Sample Health and Safety Policy Statement

Sample Shed Maintenance and Safety Checks

Sample Risk Assessment

Sample Induction form

Sample Induction Checklists

Sample Health and Safety Notice

Sample Dignity (Bullying & Harassment) Policy

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Billericay Men's Shed launched in April, but this post from a year ago shows how far the Shed has come. Next up is a brand new purpose built Shed in Lake Meadows, a stones throw from the building kindly loaned to the Shed by Basildon Borough Council We're supporting the Shed to find funding to progress this project; if any organisations would like to get involved with this fantastic community asset that helps alleviate social isolation and loneliness, please get in touch with us. ... See MoreSee Less
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