Everyone’s welcome for a catch up and cup of tea whilst learning and sharing skills.
A Men’s Shed is a bit like a garden shed, but sociable. As the Men’s Sheds Association puts it, ‘they’re a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practise skills and enjoy making and mending … they’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.’
We meet formally three times a week in our kitted-out workshop at the Growers Hub. Our members get stuck in to a wide variety of activities, from garden benches to bird boxes, wine racks and even clocks made from old machinery. It’s free to join and we’re always open to new ideas.
And despite the name, women are welcome too!
“Gets me out and being part of something again after giving up work because of health reasons.”
“Great way to learn a few new skills and catch up with folk.”
The Broadford and Strath Men’s Shed was established in 2018 – the first in our area. The project kicked off with a public meeting which prompted a large turn out and lots of brilliant ideas. We invited the successful team behind the Fort William Men’s Shed who were very informative on how they were set up.
With limited space at the Growers Hub it was decided that the wood-recycling shed would to be converted into the workshop. This involved almost a year of hard work to achieve. New doors, new windows and insulating the building were the main priorities for the new group.
Today the group has around 20 members.