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 such men where members share the skills and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work. A Shed’s activities can involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) and may include activities as varied as bike repair, gardening, vehicle repair, tool renovation, upholstery, boat renovation, model engineering, milling, turning in plastics, etc. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Whatever activities are pursued the essence of a Men’s Shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members.
Aims and objectives of the Freehold Community Men’s Shed
The Freehold Community Men’s Shed is open on Mondays and Tuesdays between 10.30am and 3.30pm at the Freehold Community Centre, 9 Alexandra Road, N10 2EY. The primary focus of the Shed will be to provide a place where men can meet to socialise and share their experiences and skills with each other. Any activities will be based on what members want to do, but with the purpose of supporting each other, the work of the Freehold Community Association and the community at large. Using members’ interests, skills and enthusiasm, the Shed will support the Reclaiming, Reviving and Recycling of skills, materials and items for the benefit of the Shed, the Freehold Community Centre and the wider community. The Shed and its members will support the UK Men’s Shed Association and its work to promote the Men’s Shed Movement throughout the UK.
The Freehold Community Men’s Shed is a community project promoted and sponsored by the Freehold Community Association, a registered charity, and the administration of the Shed will be carried out by the Trustees of the Association under its constitution. Visit our website www.freeholdcommunityshed.org.uk or call Chris Faulkner on 07935 324578