Men in Sheds featured in the Greenwich Time (6/12/11)

December 8, 2011

Men in Sheds celebrated their first anniversary. Report by Greenwich Time – No 177 December 6 2011

Clink link to read report: mis-1stBirthday

Men in Sheds Eltham’s First Birthday in pictures

November 25, 2011

Men in Sheds celebrated their first birthday on 23 Nov. 2011. Joining in the celebration were The Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Jim Gillman, Age UK  National Programmes Development Officer, Harvinder Channa, friends, supporters and members of the community.

First Birthday and Open Day: Wed. 23rd Nov. 2011

November 14, 2011

Men in Sheds Eltham celebrated thier fisrt anniversary on Wednesday 23rd Nov. 2011 at Progress Hall, Adminral Seymour Road, Eltham SE18 1SL


Chicken Run at Samuel Montagu Youth Club

November 4, 2011

In 10 days the chicken run project at the Samuel Montagu Youth Club, 122 Broad Walk, SE3 8ND, was completed. Another successful community project by the Men in Sheds Eltham, Greenwich – thanks to JJ, Tony, Terry, and a little help from Harry, Jack, Leonard and other Men in shed too. Also thanks to Megan for the refreshments.

Pictures clockwise from top left:

  1. Some help from a youth, Harry.
  2. Height was no problem… until now!
  3.  The chicken run taking shape… nearly there!
  4. Tricky business getting the roof done.
  5. All completed. Now to get the chickens in!

Men in Sheds on BBC Newsnight

October 24, 2011

Men in Sheds Greenwich was recently featured (13 Oct. 2011) on BBC Newsnight. Click on this link to view the video feature

Discovering Men’s Sheds – in the NIACE news

October 24, 2011

NIACE » News » Discovering Men’s Sheds

Discovering Men’s Sheds, 1 Sep. 2011

Discovering Men’s Sheds brought a range of professionals together in Leicester, to consider new ways in which learning can tackle the isolation and loneliness experienced by older men. Age UK’s Men in Sheds pilot project has been hugely successful in proving that bringing men together in an informal learning environment can have a real impact on the health and wellbeing of older men. Men in Sheds provides older men with a workshop (shed), tools and equipment so they can use existing skills and learn new ones, while enjoying the benefits of working in a social group.

Organised by NIACE, Age UK, Men’s Health Forum and Leicester University, the conference examined the achievements of Men in Sheds – funded by the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust – as well as the challenges and successes faced by those setting up and running their Sheds. Workshops throughout the day also explored the practicalities of sustaining a Shed and the role of informal learning in engaging men.

Carol Taylor, NIACE Director of Development and Research, said:

Discovering Men’s Sheds is not just about sheds, it is also about finding ways to encourage and engage men in informal adult learning activity. This is especially important as men get older and find themselves without the companionship and sense of belonging they get at work. We know that people who remain active – in both body and mind – as they get older, are more likely to remain healthy, have better mental health, be more robust at dealing with the difficulties that aging brings, to engage with others in their communities and just be more involved with life. The benefits of this to both the individual and the state are obvious. But most of all we want men, who are traditionally much underrepresented in informal adult learning activity, to discover the fun and sense of purpose that being part of a purposeful learning activity can bring.”

Helena Herklots, Services Director at Age UK, said:

“Keeping active by pursuing hobbies and interests, having contact with others and taking regular exercise all have positive effects on mental and physical ageing. This important conference will offer insights into how the innovative Men in Sheds scheme can help to tackle loneliness and isolation in local communities across the country.”

The concept behind the conference was originally developed in Australia where it’s called Men’s Sheds. Honorary Australian Men’s Sheds Association Patron, Professor Barry Golding of the University of Ballarat in Australia, provided the keynote address at the conference.

Men in Sheds on World Mental Health Day 10 Oct. 2011

October 12, 2011

On 10th Oct. 2011 the Men in Sheds Greenwich joined in the celebration of World Mental Health Day in Woolwich Town. Sharing a stand with Age Concern Greenwich Men in Sheds displayed the crafts that were made by the Men in Sheds. Some orders were also made on that day as we promoted the project, invited more people to participate in the activities at the shed. It was a successful event, thanks to all who turned up and also those who worked behind the scene.

Happy Birthday to Tony!

October 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to Tony!

Tony just turned 70. His family turned up and joined members of Men in Sheds to give Tony a Surprise Birthday celebration! Well done Tony!

Every Man Needs a Shed!

October 11, 2011

Age Concern Greenwich is delighted to have secured fun ding to deliver an exciting new project called “Men in Sheds”.

The Men’s Shed concept originates from Australia and brings together older, isolated men, in a space they are comfortable with, to socialise and carry out activities that bring benefit to the local community and charities. Some planned activities include recycling second-hand materials into gardening containers, trugs, bird tables and boxes. Men can meet up to use their existing skills, learn new skills, share ideas or just put the world to rights over a cup of tea. It’s about friendship, fun and getting out.

We welcome the involvement of volunteers with an interest or experience in any of the following: sourcing recyclable items, woodwork, design, marketing or IT skills, or anyone who would like to be involved in the project from the onset i.e. planning and developing.

If you would like further details on volunteering on the project please contact Pauline Cahill on 020 8294 3017 or email