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.
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