The Shed, Salford Foundation Men's Services

by John Hoey in Salford, England, United Kingdom


raised so far

+ est. £79.75 Gift Aid



The Shed supports men to move forward in their lives and reach their potential through professional help and peer support.

by John Hoey in Salford, England, United Kingdom


Here is our vision of what The Shed will offer:

1626360685_plan_picture.pngWelcome to The Shed

‘The Shed’ will offer guidance and support to men living in Salford, Manchester & Trafford. The Shed aims to support men to move forward in their lives and reach their potential. This is achieved through a combination of professional help, volunteer and peer support. Last year, we helped 75 men Through our project and now want to create 'The Shed' space and help more men. 


Who can join The Shed?

Adult males (18+), who fit at least one of the following criteria:

  • Offenders or ex-offenders
  • Needing support to move into training or employment
  • Experiencing loneliness or isolation

What type of support do men get?

The Shed provides the following support to men:

  • Attitudes and thinking skills
  • Aspirations and goals
  • Independent living skills
  • Employability and training
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Benefits, finance and energy advice
  • Fitness, hobbies and interests 

How is support offered?

The Shed team of mentors and volunteers use both one-to-one and small group session to engage with men. Support is offered via telephone, virtual and face-to-face sessions.

“When you have hope, you have everything. It gives you the vision and belief that there are brighter days ahead.”


Where did the idea for The Shed come from?

The idea for The Shed came about through our experience working with men who were due to, or had been released from prison. With the right intensive support real change can happen. 

Why is this Crowdfunder important to me?

I have been working for Salford Foundation for just over 20 years. In that time I have seen how we have supported so many people - children, young people and adults to get to where they should be and achieve their potential. We don't just help, we look at the whole person and working with them one-to-one we develop a holistic plan to support that individual. Whether that's directly linking them to employment opportunities, training & education and building resilience.  Where there may have been reluctance to engage with more formal services, our project co-ordinators approach works.  The main reason I support The Shed and Salford Foundation is that we help people and that is always something I've aspired to do.

Helen Fenton, Corporate Fundraiser, Salford Foundation

How can you support The Shed?

We currently receive no funding for The Shed. Your donation will help us to realise our vision of The Shed centre and deliver support for men:

  • £7.50  for a 30 minute mentoring session 
  • £15  for a training course to help move into work
  • £30  for an emergency food voucher for 1 week

With your help we will have a centre to deliver workshops on the following:

  • Managing emotional and mental wellbeing
  • Job search techniques
  • CV writing and preparing job applications
  • Improving communication and digital skills
  • Developing money skills for moving into work
  • Dealing with criminal disclosures
  • Mock interviews and employer feedback 

Who are Salford Foundation?

Salford Foundation has been helping people in Salford, Greater Manchester and the North West for over 30 years. By creating the right mix of opportunities, relationships and resources with people, we believe that everyone can reach their full potential. People are at the heart of all our work, shaping and co-creating what we do. We also have a fantastic network of businesses and volunteers helping us to achieve our goals

Our Experience

We have a very successful Women’s Centre which has been running for over fifteen years and it became very clear that our holistic approach, once tailored to the needs of men, would work equally well to support men to move forward in their lives.

Get involved

You might be a local Salford or Greater Manchester employer who can offer work experience or job opportunities or someone who wants to give back and volunteer at The Shed. Get in touch and get involved email The Shed Manager, at [email protected]


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