Ronseal is celebrating the work of the Men’s Shed Association in a powerful new film, 'The Shed', produced by Rumpus Media, in partnership with Channel 4 studio 

Launched to mark Men’s Mental Health Awareness Week, it features an emotional interview with Joe Regan, whose son Jackson was tragically stillborn in 2019. Joe visits his local Men’s Shed in Camden, North London and openly talks to other members about his experience and the struggles he’s faced. He’s also seen being helped to make a sentimental memory box for the little boy he lost, and for his second son, who has just arrived in April 2021.

The Men’s Shed Association has been providing safe and welcoming spaces for men to get together and talk since 2013, and now has more than 500 sheds across the UK. Members come together to enjoy the social element, as well as use the workshop’s facilities and share practical skills. The Sheds across the country have proven invaluable in boosting the moral and improving the overall wellbeing of its members.

Joe admits that spending time at a shed and sharing skills and tools to create something special for his family has been a hugely positive experience. As he explains to craftsman, Joel Bird, and fellow shedder, Mick Tague, losing his son caused him to struggle with his mental health so much that he contemplated suicide. He says: “You feel the need to be strong for your partner but sometimes you need someone to ask how you’re doing. “It led to me to think about taking my own life. That was the reality of bottling things up - it got to that stage. When a bloke says they’re not in a good place, we all need to support it.”

 As craftsman, Joel, explains: “Places like this are great – you don’t have to be talking a lot but even a little amount can stop that lock up of emotions. 

For more information on the Men’s Shed Association, and to watch the video, visit

16:53, 22 Jun 2021 by Peter Brown

Shoulder2Shoulder is the newsletter from the UK Men's Sheds Association, and you can find the latest edition by following the link above.

17:57, 24 May 2021 by Peter Brown

We are excited to update you on our free, online Visitor Learning activities during January. Our activities are accessible for all ability levels and provide a unique opportunity to learn about Kew’s rare and endangered plants and scientific work through creative, hands on learning. 

  • Tai Chi every Monday 4-5pm (LIVE broadcast). Sessions 11 Jan - 1 Feb inclusive:
    Join us for weekly calming and health-promoting Tai Chi sessions which combine deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements.

Contact: to sign up

  • Knitting Nature:  Wednesday 13th January, 11am – 12noon (LIVE broadcast):
    Learn about Kew's science and rare plants through a fun and friendly knit and natter group. Repurpose and recycle knitting materials in your own home.

To join this live broadcast, please click on this link.

  • Plant Poets’ Corner: Tuesday 26th January, 11am – 12:15pm: 
    Learn about Kew's rare and endangered plants through creative poetry activities and discover new ways to express yourself.

Please contact for more information or to sign up 

  • Shared Stories: Tuesday 26th January, 1 – 1:45pm (LIVE broadcast): 
    Join us to discover your hidden writing talents and uncover the unique stories in our collections.

To join this live broadcast, please click on this link. 

  • Downloadable resources for families:
    Explore nature in your local area with our new seasonal activity and spotter sheets for families. Winter resources launching in January. 
    Download Family Nature Activities
  • Music and Movement online: 
    Sing along with our fun-filled series of nature-inspired songs and nursery rhymes, performed in Kew Gardens. 
    Watch nature-inspired songs.
12:00, 07 Jan 2021 by Peter Brown


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