Originating from Australia in the 90s, the first Men’s Shed in Ireland opened in early 2009. Since then, over 220 Sheds have sprung up across the island with over 100 in Northern Ireland.

Men’s Sheds’ aim was to improve the overall health of all males. However, they have expanded their remit to include anyone regardless of age or gender.

How Groundwork Helps Men’s Sheds

The Groundwork NI programme is designed to:

  • Support the growth of new Men’s Sheds throughout Northern Ireland;
  • Provide effective services to Men’s Sheds;
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the Men’s Sheds model;

Groundwork NI can provide support and assistance to existing and new Men’s Sheds. The support offered is bespoke to the individual shed.  Examples include training, action planning, arranging visits to other Sheds, networking events, sourcing funding, registering with Northern Ireland Charities Commission and developing policies and procedures.

On a visit to a Men’s Shed as Health Minister, Robin Swann commented

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Speaking with those who use these facilities it is obvious these initiatives are benefiting the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of men and having a positive impact on the communities from which they come.

Interested in starting a Men’s Shed?

Have a look at our resources page for more information or contact Groundwork Northern Ireland via email info@groundworkni.co.uk or call 028 9074 9494