Men in Shed Launch

Men’s shed projects have been springing up all around the UK in the last couple of years, and Age UK Bromley & Greenwich’s shed in Eltham was one of the first to open. Originating from Australia, Men in Sheds provides a meeting place with workshop facilities for men aged 55+. At the shed the men can engage in individual projects, make items to sell, undertake projects with other “Shedders” in the community or simply put the world to rights over a cup of tea! Shed members, known as “Shedders”, come from all walks of life and our diverse membership includes retired building and manual workers, engineers, butcher, nurse, chef, estate agent, teachers, architects, accountants, and more and they bring to the shed a wide array of life skills and experience.

The Eltham shed launched with a handful of members in a small community venue. Due to fast expansion and Lottery funding, we were able to relocate the shed to its, larger, current home in Sherard Road. The Eltham Shedders make items for the home and garden, children’s toys and more and recently picture framing. Lottery funding has enabled us to open a second shed in the borough of Bromley in Kingsdale Road, Penge, where Shedders have transformed the former empty premises into a pleasant space and workshop where they make wooden planters, bird boxes, leather belts, and repair bikes donated for good causes. The garden at Penge has become an activity of its own and Shedders quickly got to work on the previously overgrown plot and are now growing herbs and vegetables. We are also delighted that our third Shed has just opened, November 2014 housed within the YMCA at Woolwich Dockyard. The project, where possible, uses recycled materials either sourced by the Shedders or donated from the community, thus reducing landfill, benefiting the environment, keeping prices affordable and enabling many community projects to be undertaken for the lowest possible cost. Community projects include building two bridges for Friends of Well Hall Pleasaunce and Royal Borough of Greenwich, chicken houses for youth groups, planters for a community garden and an assault course for Nash College, Bromley for learners with moderate to profound learning disabilities.

The Shed offers a unique network of support and signposts onto both internal and external services including benefit checks, grants, disabled blue badges etc. We hold regular health-related activities such as blood pressure awareness, healthy cooking, weight management and social activities including BBQ’s, quiz nights, days out and get-togethers where guests are welcome. In its first six months the project won the Mears CSR Community Project of the Year, has appeared several times on national television, been interviewed live on national radio and featured in both national and local press. The project is proud to have won GAVS VCO 2013 Award for Positive Impact on Health and Well-being and to have been a finalist in the 2013 National Lottery Good Causes Awards which resulted in the project and shedders appearing live on the National Lottery Show.

To find out more

contact: Pauline Cahill or Steve Paxman, Project Co-ordinators

T: 020 8294 3017 or 020 8294 3011



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