The development of the shed is supported by Humber and Wolds Rural Action (HWRA) working with East Riding Council Sports Play and Arts and Humber NHS Foundation Trust social prescribing services. The project is funded by Public Health, East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
To establish Men’s Sheds in line with the national Men’s Sheds movement we will develop and work with local people and partners.
A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. It is a place of leisure where men come together, to work on projects. This could be making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but may include metalworking (milling, sheet metal, welding, etc.) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration often feature strongly. (National Men’s Shed definition)
The Beverley Men’s Shed is for men over 18, living in the town and surrounding areas, who are experiencing social isolation, physical illness, disability, mental health issues or loneliness.
The Shed will be led by the men who attend it, supported by HWRA, SPA (ERYC) and a network of volunteers, mentors, organisations and businesses. The “Shedders” will identify the types of activities they are most interested in and develop and grow around these themes.
The project aims to become “Shedder led” and sustainable through its own activities. This could include providing services (painting and decorating, gardening, maintenance, bicycle, scooter, car repairing, etc.) and selling products (upcycling unwanted items, wooden, metal, slate, cement, glass, rope products created etc.).
If you would like to find out more about the Men in Sheds projects in the East Riding of Yorkshire, become a “Shedder”, or know someone who would benefit from the Shed experience, volunteer, contribute a skill, tool or piece of equipment, offer potential premises for the Shed or would like to get involved in any way please contact us or come to one of our information events taking place across the East Riding of Yorkshire. There are also Sheds under development in Market Weighton, Pocklington and Goole, and established sheds in Bridlington and Withernsea: