Cowes Men’s Shed – open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm, 50 weeks a year
Open to everyone 18+
Free Membership – Free parking usually available at the Cowes Park & Ride Bus Stop
Find us at 25, 26 Somerton Industrial Park, Cowes, PO31 8PA
Create, Converse, Connect!
Our ‘head shed’ Adam
We have a few power tools . . . . .
Why not come along and see what’s happening? Fix something, build something, invent something, share your skills with like minded men with an interest in drinking tea! We are ready to welcome you Monday to Friday between 10am & 3pm. Arrive when you like, leave when you like. No commitment.
Please make a £1 donation towards refreshments when you visit.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
Make sawdust . . . . and drink tea!
What is a Men’s Shed?
Men’s Sheds (or Sheds) are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.
Sheds are whatever the members (or Shedders as we call them) want them to be. Although labelled sheds, they often aren’t sheds at all. They can be empty offices, Portakabins, warehouses, garages, and in at least one case, a disused mortuary. Some Sheds are purpose built workshops, but they rarely start out that way. Many don’t have premises at all in the beginning and instead form a group that meets regularly for the social connection, company and camaraderie until they can find somewhere to kit out with tools.
Activities in Sheds vary greatly, but you can usually find woodworking, metalworking, repairing and restoring, electronics, model buildings or even car building in a Shed. Sheds typically attract older men, but many have younger members and women too. Whatever the activity, the essence of a Shed is not a building, but the connections and relationships between its members.
Why are they needed?
For a long time research has shown the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing. Recently we have seen more evidence come to light that shows loneliness and isolation can be as hazardous to our health as obesity and excessive smoking. Surveys from mental health charities are finding that millions of people report feeling lonely on a daily basis.
Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, and unlike women of a similar age, older men have fewer networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and worries. It is not the case for all men, but for some, when retirement comes, it can feel like their identity and purpose are lost. Men’s Sheds can change all of this.
Sheds are about meeting like-minded people and having someone to share your worries with. They are about having fun, sharing skills and knowledge and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. As a by-product of all of that, they reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness, they allow men to deal with mental health challenges more easily and remain independent; they rebuild communities and in some cases, they may even save men’s lives.
Men’s Sheds are vital
Sheds can play a particularly important part in meeting the needs of older people – particularly older men, who often do not feel that traditional services targeted at older people are right for them.
The creative, productive nature of Sheds provides an activity around which people can form bonds and networks, which may go on to benefit them outside of the Shed itself.
The horticultural areas produce was organically grown and delicious!
In general, sheds can play a particularly important part in meeting the needs of older people – particularly retired men, who often feel that traditional services targeted at older people are not right for them. The Isle of Wight has a proportionally larger retired community than many other places in the UK. Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, and unlike women of a similar age, older men have fewer networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and worries. It is not the case for all men, but for some, when retirement comes, it can feel like their identity and purpose is lost. Men’s Sheds can change all of this.
Research has shown that loneliness has hugely negative impacts on physical and mental health. Loneliness has been found to disproportionately affect men and elderly people. Men typically find it more difficult to build social connections than women, and unlike women of a similar age, older men have fewer networks of friends and rarely share personal concerns about health and worries.
Please click on this link for our Equipment Breakages Policy and our Supervision Policy
Our recent online survey – Cowes Men’s Shed
Our recent survey on the Cowes Men’s Shed has now closed. Thank you to everyone (some from mainland UK) who completed it for us. Your thoughts and insights have been very useful indeed.
Please see these few notes below, from our survey findings: –
- It would seem a minority of men would prefer women to be excluded and some women think they are excluded. The Cowes Men’s Shed is open to everyone aged 18+. This is because it is a Community Project, brought to you by Storeroom and as we say, Storeroom, an island charity, dedicated to helping island people. We have been told some sheds exclude all woman and men aged younger than 55, so if that has happened and disappointed you, do come to the Cowes Men’s Shed and join our shedders.
- Some people felt there weren’t enough power tools. Maybe these people visited us in our first two weeks. The carpentry workshop is really very well equipped and do you know what is so good about that? People from our local community and some shed members have donated loads of power tools to the Shed and a local business on our estate has also donated wood. So, plenty of everything for everyone to use and enjoy! Adam, our ‘head shed’ even keeps all the little left over bits of wood for kindling, so nothing is wasted and if you want a bag of kindling please pop in to see him for a bargain.
- Most people were familiar with the Shed Movement and loved this amazing idea which has swept the world. They were pleased to enjoy and/or support sheds, either by attending or letting others know where they were and what you could do at your shed.
The Cowes Men’s Shed – a Community Project from Storeroom2010
Funding towards this project kindly provided by the
Garfield Weston Foundation and the Isle of Wight High Sheriff Fund