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, so please get in touch via the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Additionally, we have collated links to some ‘self help’ resources below:


Toolkits – Guides to starting a Men’s Shed

Back in 2017 we published the first comprehensive guide to starting a Men’s Shed. The document displays our old branding, but the information contained within is still relevant:

ESN Toolkit – A downloadable information pack

In 2021 the Glasgow Caledonian University published a toolkit for which the national body, UK Men’s Shed Association, were a stakeholder:

UKMSA Toolkit

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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