Click here to print this page

Planning Retirement Online


Funding available to help start your own community shed

August 2017

Community shed

Grants are now available for anyone interested in setting up a community Shed.

If you haven’t heard about the Shed movement, you will soon as they are starting up all over the country.

The idea originated initially as Men’s Sheds in Australia. This project saw lots of sheds being created to enable older men to get together and work on either individual or community projects. This covered a huge range of ideas from wood work and push bike repairs to model railway engineering to small restoration projects.

From the start the concept was popular. Suddenly here was a place where men could socialise, get advice, and most important than ever, use equipment to become involved in making great things.

The idea worked so well that seven years ago it was picked up in the UK and now Sheds are a feature of British life too.

The idea in Britain is similar to Australia, creating what is essentially a large version of a garden shed; a place where people feel  at home and can pursue practical interests.  Tools, equipment and ideas can all be shared. The sheds are places of skill sharing and informal teaching as well, a place where people help others complete various projects. There is lots of social interaction as well of course.

While the UK Shed movement was initially set up for older men to come together, today it is seeing increasing numbers of younger men and now women becoming involved. Activities today cover everything from woodwork and metalworking to individual projects such as undertaking bike repair, restoring or painting an individual piece of furniture or model engineering. The Sheds themselves are in a big variety of premises, from specially built huts to rented premises.

Now there is opportunity to apply for a grant to create a Shed in your area. The Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, are running a Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking  for help with either set up or early stage development.

Jo Phillips, Sheds Project Manager at Royal Voluntary Service, said: “Each Shed is unique due to its location and the activities that the members want to undertake in the space. Whether it is for woodworking, gardening, model making, weaving or electronics, we are delighted to be able to give a helping hand to local communities who want to get a community based Shed up and running.”

One grant has already been given to the Knighton Men’s Shed project in Wales. This has enabled the group to rent a premises and also to advertise and promote what it is all about to recruit new members.

Grants are being given for amounts between £250 and £1,000 and have to come in from organised volunteer led community groups. The RVS and Asda Foundation have produced an application form and also guidance notes and the final deadline for this round of funding is September 24th.

Find out more at                              

Back to LaterLife Interest Index

Bookmark This Share on Facebook Receive more like this

Latest Articles:

Get in the flow with Tai Chi

man and woman doing tai chi

Did anyone out there hear of Tai Chi in the 1960s or 1970s? It was really only in the 1990s that this eastern form of martial art really started to take off globally. Now Tai Chi is practiced by an estimated 240 million people worldwide, including thousands here in the UK, and is said to be of enormous benefit especially to older people.




Welsh pubs with serious cwtch appeal

Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula by @enlliann (Instagram)

If there’s one thing Wales does well, it’s pubs. We may well be regarded as the land of song, but we can certainly sink a few pints too. Join in with the locals and enjoy a drink or two at one of these breathtaking Welsh pubs. Iechyd da! (or cheers if you like…)


What motto would you put on your Coat of Arms?

Coat of arms

Arms and crests are granted by a senior herald, one of the Kings of Arms, and actually anyone can apply for one.


Win great prizes in our current Competitions

Silver Travel Glynis Alfa

Click here to visit the competitions page.

Article Archive

The LaterLife Article Archive provides a comprehensive list of links, to all the current regular article series' as well as quick links to older articles.
Back to LaterLife Today

Visit our Pre-retirement Courses section here on laterlife or our dedicated Retirement Courses site


Advertise on

LaterLife Travel Insurance in Association with Avanti