A MensShed develops the typical shed in the garden, where a man pursues practical interests in independence and ease, by adding better tools and resources and more interaction. It can replace elements of a workplace that some people miss such as a loss of role or purpose, chatting with the people you work with, problem solving, learning, sharing skills and even the work!
The Camden Town Shed opened in May 2011 and is the first UK Shed started by its users. Its mainly equipped for woodwork although we are keen to expand to include other activities. Projects can be for individual or community benefit, large or small, practical or artistic and almost always reuse materials. We enjoy learning from each other and sharing our experience over the teapot. Work undertaken for the community can be particularly rewarding and appreciated. Although set up for men initially we offer a mixed session on Wednesdays.
The Shed is advertised in the local press and also promoted through networking with organisations working with people facing particular difficulties. At present it is free to use whilst we try to cover half the costs through personal contributions and sales of products.
We appreciate the financial support we have received from UnLtd, the Funding Network, the Co-operative Charitable Foundation’s Community Fund, the Wakeham Trust and the individuals that provided 2/3rds of the initial funding.