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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This is to say THANK YOU #NationalLottery players. With support from The National Lottery Community Fund we can help get new Men's Sheds going, like this one in Billericay. Sheds give blokes purpose and company.. plus mince pies when we're in town at this time of year! ... See MoreSee Less
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Don't forget... this Saturday we have a craft sale and open day at the shed, 10am till 2pm.. all welcome. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Another busy week for the Essex Shed Network and the first in person (rather than online) Forum meeting since lockdown: Representatives from 12 Essex Sheds got together with the support of the ESN team to discuss and help each other with some of the big questions about running a Men's Shed. This is what the Network is all about and it was great to be in the room witnessing all the friendly support and banter.Big thank you to Danbury Parish Council for the use of the old pavilion room. ... See MoreSee Less
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