What is a Shed?
The shed movement can trace its origins back to Australia in the 1980s. The concept was to promote social interaction and wellbeing whilst engaged in practical activites of making and mending in a communal workspace or shed. Initially aimed at men who were retiring or being made redundant, the movement has expanded to include anyone, regardless of age or gender. The UK organisation was founded in 2013 and now counts over 400 sheds among its members. You can find details about it here.
Sheddington was inspired by Dr Chris Manning, who for many years worked as a GP in the area. His experience of local organisations was that they provided some fantastic services but there were still people who fell between the gaps. He realised they would benefit from being part of something different, not a service, but a co-created community, something that could compliment and signpost, when possible, other services. At its core was a very simple idea, "Doing stuff that we like doing ... together". And so, after months of research, listening to people and building a team, "Sheddington" was born.
The potential benefits of an organisation like Sheddington are vast. Friendships can develop from the joy of sharing interests and learning. Furthermore, these types of activity can have a tremendous positive impact on physical and mental health.
Inclusivity, a 'shed' for all, is at the heart of Sheddington; a place where people can go as themselves and just be themselves.
What Can We Do?
Potentially a wide range of activities, depending on the time and talents available. Currently we have a workshop on the site of St Mark's Church, Teddington, which is in the process of being kitted out, and access to the church hall on the same site. Some of the activites envisaged include:
- DIY: making and mending items
- Arts and crafts
- Presentations: general interest and educational/informative
- Specific activites to promote health and wellbeing such as walks, mindfulness, yoga, tai chi or dance
- Time simply for socialising in a friendly and safe space
Or maybe there is something else that you're interested in or feel you could contribute? If you're not yet a member, why not click on the link below to get in touch? We'd love to hear from you.
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