Our Men's Shed lies nestled in the trees in the grounds of Oversteps Care Home in Dornoch. It is a purpose-built cabin which we have almost finished. It is a community shed, open to everyone except on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday it's just for men only. The workshop is fully equipped with woodworking tools and benches as well as a small, comfortable space with all you need to make a good cuppa! The extension at the back houses the soon-to-be Dornoch Ceramics Workshop with kiln and working space.
Our Shed is open for Men Only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The pottery is open to all on Mondays and Wednesdays, get on our waiting list now.
If you'd like a tour or to find out more, please do get in touch.
Our first Shed meeting at Dornoch Fire Station
Men's Sheds are worldwide movement, not just Dornoch!
Have a look at the Scottish Men's Shed Association website to find out more: www.scottishmsa.org.uk
Did you know?
People involved in community Men's Sheds report living healthier, happier and more connected lives.
You can repair and make things, or just drop in for a cuppa and a blether. Sheds are informal, you will find people having a laugh and working on various projects in between frequent tea breaks.
You can use the workshops or just chat, read the paper and play cards. There are no set activities unless a class is advertised, so people may be working on different projects.
Woodwork, model engineering, playing cards and darts are all popular in Men’s Sheds.
Men’s Sheds are community run workshops with a social area. Theys are particularly popular with people who may be retired or out of work but everyone over 18 is welcome. Ours, like most, is based in a workshop.
Our Men’s Shed is a place to:
Work and relax
Pursue Hobbies and pastimes
Have a cuppa and a blether
Get out of the house for a while
Get practical help with your projects
Improve your health wellbeing
A Men’s Shed is a place where someone with time on their hands can go to make things, use tools, relax and make friends. Men’s Sheds are designed to appeal to people in ways which traditional 'community groups' may not. Men generally like to get involved in practical tasks and get to know people by working alongside them, rather than sitting down face to face and this is where it all started. Men’s Sheds feel familiar and welcoming and usually have a social area and workshop area. Ideally, they will also have a kitchen where food preparation and cooking and can be learnt.
Men's Sheds are not just for people who like DIY and woodwork. There is usually space to try arts & craft activities as well as board games, computing, cooking and reading. An important ethos in in the movement is that participants pursue their own interests and choose what they want to do. Self-directed activity is more satisfying and fun and many older people are keen to use their life-learned skills & experience ~ they may find retirement boring or miss the banter of the workplace. Men in particular tend to rely heavily on their job for social contact and when this ends, they miss their old friendships, but have few opportunities to make new connections. Older men have a wealth of experience, stories and knowledge to share and the sheds provide a place for this to happen. Younger men benefit from the chance to be shown new skills as well as exchanging their own knowledge.
Many people imagine that Men’s Sheds are all based in wooden huts. However they take place in a variety of settings; industrial units, community centres, Portakabins, shop units and shipping containers.
On a deeper level, Men’s Sheds provide acceptance, a sense of purpose, increased well being and improved mental health.