Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Spotlight on Scottish Men’s Sheds

What is this?

Exploring the impact on individuals and wider communities in the context of Community Learning and Development. This page uses content from the webinar held in February 2022 titled ‘Spotlight on Scottish Men’s Sheds – Exploring the impact on individuals and wider communities’

Who is this for?

All practitioners across Education and Community Learning and Development.

As of early 2022, across Scotland there are over 200 open and developing Men’s Sheds, engaging over 10,000 men within their communities. Men’s Sheds use a community development approach, which is defined in the CLD National Occupational Standards (2015):

‘Community Development is an approach to achieving social change. It is action taken through building organisation, learning and power within communities in order to promote democracy, sustainable development, equality and social justice. It builds community capacity and influence by enabling people to develop the confidence, understanding and skills required to influence decision making and service delivery.’

CLD National Occupational Standards, 2015

Introduction to the men’s sheds movement and Scottish Men's Sheds Association

Jason Schroeder (CEO, Scottish Men’s Sheds Association) discusses the evolution of the Men’s Sheds movement across Scotland and explains the role of the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association.

Why a Men’s Shed?

Jason Schroeder explores the history of the Men’s Sheds movement and discusses the possible reasons for their existence in today’s society in the context of Community Learning and Development.

School and Community Partnerships

Men’s sheds across Scotland have a wide range of partnerships with their local schools and communities.

Find out more about these in the video clip: YouTube video: Men's Sheds School and Community Partnerships.

Video Case Study: Inverclyde

Sheds for Sustainable Development

Presentation on the 4 year Sheds for Sustainable Development project conducted by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University explaining the research findings and impact on mental health, physical health and social wellbeing.

Men's Sheds partnerships highlighted in CLD inspection reports

Through the years local Men’s Sheds have been highlighted as part of inspection as contributing positively to the learning community.

  • Inspection of CLD in Scottish Borders Council
    “Supported by Borders Volunteer Centre, NHS Borders Health Improvement and SBC, the Langlee Shedders are developing skills and securing resources. They effectively network with other community groups, share resources and maximise income generation. The quality of life of participants is improving through their participation in the Men’s Shed.”

Men's Shed Partnerships as highlighted in Community Learning and Development HM Inspections "Supported by Borders Volunteer Centre, NHS Borders Health Improvement and SBC, the Langlee Shedders are developing skills and securing resources. They effectively network with other community groups, share resources and maximise income generation. The quality of life or participants is improving through their participation in the Men's Shed." -Inspection of CLO In Scottish Borders Council "The Men's Shed helps older retired men gain new skills and increase social contact" - Inspection of CLD in Angus Council "The Dalbeattie Men's Shed offers unemployed and retired males good opportunities to make the most of their skills and this helps to combat social isolation and health related Issues" - Continuing engagement visit to the learning community surrounding Dalbeattie High SchoolImprovement questions

  • How can I engage with my local Men’s Shed to enhance learning opportunities for children, young people and adults?
  • How can I further develop partnerships with other organisations in my local community?
  • How am I helping adults to continue to engage in learning and wider opportunities?
  • What support and information can I signpost adults to?