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

2 weeks ago

Essex Shed Network
UKMSA is delighted to announce that the next round of Ronseal Product Orders is going live today. This will enable all Member Sheds to receive free products from the Ronseal catalogue to help them with projects and activities that they are currently undertaking. The closing date for orders is Friday 3rd June and the product order form can be found at the top of our member's area. menssheds.org.uk/member-area/membership-benefits/ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Essex Shed Network
Not your average bird boxes!The members of North Colchester Men's Shed are showing off the special Swift nesting boxes which they made for Dedham Vale AONB (further to a grant from Suffolk CC).The Shed crafted 100 of these boxes as part of the effort to help Swifts, which migrate 3000 miles from Africa to the UK every year, but whose natural habitat is disappearing and causing them to be classified an endangered species.Great work gentlemen! Dedham Vale Aonb & Stour Valley Project #menssheds #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Essex Shed Network
Thundersley Men's Shed held an open day for potential members before the bank holiday weekend. Don't worry if you missed it, just drop them a message if you'd like to go along: mensshed@carerschoices.org #mentalhealthmatters Carers Choices #menssheds ... See MoreSee Less
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