Cowes Men’s Shed

Cowes Men’s Shed is open to everyone aged 18 and over and not just men!

Last month at the Shed – in photos


We offer a carpentry workshop, craft room, IT area and gardens with polytunnels, raised beds and red squirrels.

What are the Shedders up to at the moment?

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 Visit from our local MP pre Spring 2020 lockdown

Collage MP visit 17.02.2020

There is no membership fee and the shed is open five days a week (Mon-Fri) 10am to 3pm.

Checkout the latest Newsletter, Shedder’s Quarterly 

Shedders Quarterly Sept 2021

Our Project Leader is available to lend a hand, give guidance (where requested) and to show members on how to use equipment unfamiliar to them.

Besides woodwork and pottering about in the garden, we also have also played host to people quilling, knitting, model-making and singing, along with numerous craft activities.

Come along to connect, converse and create!

If you don’t fancy doing anything practical – you can always pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

HogRoast & Pop up Shop 16.10.19

Cowes Men’s Shed Awarded National Lottery Funding

The Cowes Men’s Shed was awarded a significant sum from the National Lottery Community Fund which will help to support the Shed up to March 2022.  The Cowes Men’s Shed is the only Shed operating in the Cowes area and has the longest opening hours on the Island.


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 Cowes Men’s Shed – open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm, 50 weeks a year

Best Nick, Adam chq - 27 Mar 2019

Open to everyone 18+

Free Membership – Free parking available locally and the Cowes Park and Ride Bus Stop is just a few minutes along the road.

Find the Cowes Men’s Shed at 25, 26 Somerton Industrial Park, Cowes, PO31 8PA


Create, Converse, Connect!

Adam - June 2019

Our ‘head shed’ Adam, the Project Leader

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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 people 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.

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This may just be what you have always needed, don’t be bored at home and if you have nowhere to practice your carpentry or gardening skills – this is for you!

Please make a £1 donation towards refreshments when you visit.


 Make sawdust . . . . and drink tea!

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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 lots 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 Men’s Sheds needed?

For a long time research has shown the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on a person’s health and wellbeing. Recently 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.

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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.

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The horticultural areas produce is 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.

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.

Early October 2018

CMS 1st Birthday 14.05.2019

Above photo collage is from the Cowes Men’s Shed’s first birthday,

as you can see, we had a bit of a party!

Please click onto the link below for our Equipment Breakages Policy and our Supervision Policy

Cowes Men’s Shed equipment breakages and supervision policies

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Our 2021 survey  –  for shed members

Thank you to everyone who completed this survey for us.  Your thoughts and insights have been very useful indeed.

Please see these few notes below, from our survey findings: –

  • 94% of respondents feel the Shed has a positive impact on their mental health.
  • 100% feel better about themselves since joining the Shed.
  • ‘Cowes Men’s Shed has given me a structure to my life and a place I look forward to visiting, long may it continue.’
  • ‘I came with no skills or knowledge of using power tools.  I’ve learnt so much on using tools, making items and helped in the garden.’
  • ‘Great facility.  Great friendly atmosphere. Well equipped.  Feel safe using equipment.  Excellent!’
  • ‘It’s been a life saver for me.  I don’t know what else I’d do if I didn’t come here.  Adam is always ready to listen and help.’

So, just as a brief reminder, The Cowes Men’s Shed is open to everyone aged 18+.  This is because it is a Community Project, brought to you by Storeroom2010 – an Island charity dedicated to helping Island people.

We have been advised some Sheds exclude all woman and men aged younger than 55, so if that has happened and you are disappointed, do come to the Cowes Men’s Shed and join our ‘shedders’.

Tea & Toast Event 14 Feb 2019

Tea & Toast Event at the Shed – Valentine’s Day 2019

Storeroom2010 and The Cowes Men’s Shed

are proud to be working in partnership with Age Friendly Island

Below is the link to our Age Friendly Island Charter

Age Friendly Island Charter

And here is Laurie Mabbit of Age UK IW presenting the Charter to Adam, who received it on behalf of Storeroom2010 and The Cowes Men’s Shed

Age Friendly Island Charter Presentation 25. 06.19

Please click on the link below for more general information

about the Cowes Men’s Shed

Cowes Men’s Shed – general info – Feb 2020

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The Cowes Men’s Shed, a Community Project brought to you by Storeroom2010,

 an Island charity dedicated to helping Island people

Funding towards this project kindly provided by: –

Storeroom2010, Garfield Weston Foundation, Isle of Wight High Sheriff Fund, The Leathersellers’ Company, The Albert Hunt Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, WightAID, Southern Vectis’ Community Fund, Tesco Bags of Help, Alpkit, GC Gibson Charitable Trust , Hampshire Isle Wight Community Foundation, Henry Smith Charity and Barratt Homes Community Fund.

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