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 65 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.

“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.”

Health Minister, Robin Swann

Hear from some of the “Shedders”

Groundwork NO - Top of the Hill Shed_Men's Health Week 2022
A story from Ballymena Men’s Shed

It was five guys sitting around a coffee table chatting about it and loving the idea and it just kicked off from there, little by little. It kept growing and got bigger and better.

A story from a Belfast Men’s Shed

It’s not only me it has had an impact on but my wife as well and her family. I’m better to get on with and I’m able to communicate more with people.

“Sheds provide opportunities for improved health and wellbeing of the members or ‘shedders’, as they like to be known. The men make friends, learn new skills, and can often find a renewed sense of purpose by giving back to their communities.”

Rachel Toner, Groundwork NI
Rachel Toner, Groundwork NI

News from around the Sheds…

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Men Shed Walks with Walk it Off NI

Nikki, from Walk it Off NI worked with two Sheds to take them on a wonderful, guided tour of Lady Dixon Park and Hidden Huntley in Lisburn.

Mens Sheds Slow Cookers in Kitchen
Slow Cooker Deliveries

Groundwork NI was delighted to be able to provide cookers for a range of Sheds across NI, along with some kitchen essentials. We were delighted to hear the wonderful recipes being made with the use of these slow cookers.

Amusing sign - Gardners don't die They just spade away
Dreamachine Experience

A group of Shedders from Belfast were kindly invited by Northern Ireland Science Festival to take part in the Dreamachine experience in Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast.

Interested in starting a Men’s Shed?

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