What are Kent Sheds?
Kent Sheds is based on the international Men’s Sheds model. The idea behind the Men’s Sheds movement is that men are more likely to thrive in informal spaces, in the company of their peers, and through engaging in practical activities such as sharing and learning skills and helping the community.
Kent Sheds is open to everyone over the age of 18 and have been shown to improve wellbeing, increase skills for employment and improve physical health and social connections. It is especially aimed at men who are:
- not in work through disability or caring for relatives
- retired and therefore less likely to benefit from employment or regular social activities
- socially isolated, and at greater risk of suicide and experiencing poor mental health.
At a Shed, you can take part in practical group activities such as woodworking and gardening, sharing and learning new skills, and also support other "shedders" by working with them shoulder to shoulder.
We've already seen that Kent Sheds improve the wellbeing of Shedders, increase employment and skills, and help people to feel more engaged with their local community. Shedders are feeling more positive, happier in their relationships with other people, and are often setting up and carrying out volunteering or charity work in their area.
We already have over 30 Sheds up and running and they are doing great things for both individuals and the communities they serve. Do you think your local area could do with a Shed? If so, then we may be able to help you set it up offering guidance and support as you develop and establish your Shed idea.
We've supported new Sheds offering activities like:
- community gardening
- boat restoration