The Essex Shed Network is a partnership project between Maldon & District CVS and UCAN, funded by The National Lottery’s Community Fund and Essex County Council. Our aim is to provide help to anyone in Essex wishing to set up a Men’s Shed, whilst also supporting existing Sheds to ensure their sustainability

What are Men’s Sheds?

A Men’s Shed is similar to a traditional Shed in its nature, in as much as it is a space full of tools and projects. However, there is one key difference:

You’re never alone at a Men’s Shed. 

Why ‘Men’s’ Sheds?

It’s been well publicised that men are at greater risk of loneliness or unwanted isolation than women.

At a local level it has been identified that men simply aren’t as well engaged when it comes to (non-sporting) clubs, groups or other social/community initiatives when compared to women.

In recent times this situation has been further exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic which saw the country being put into Lockdown twice in less then 18 months, causing extended and damaging periods of personal isolation.

Nationally, 1 in 5 men die before the age of 65 and this statistic has been unchanging for almost a decade.

This is why the Men’s Shed movement and the Essex Shed Network are focused on improving the health and wellbeing of men.*

To find out more, including the location of your nearest Men’s Shed, visit the dedicated Essex Shed Network website: