It is our vision that one day, every man in Scotland will have access to - and the opportunity to attend - a Men’s Shed in their local area.
A Men’s Shed is not the common garden shed but a shared community place which belongs to its volunteers/’Shedders’. For the first time, men – from all walks of life - attend voluntarily to find camaraderie, conversation and friendship. Some work on practical projects - often with a focus to recycle, reclaim, reuse and repair and offer services to the local community - and share their life skills as mentors to other men whilst others come along to socialise and make friends for life in a healthy, inclusive and friendly environment.
Men’s Sheds help to address social isolation and loneliness, regenerate and build sustainable communities and improve men’s health and wellbeing. Self-esteem and both physical and mental health improve, and the family unit, friendships and community also indirectly benefit from the engagement.
SMSA’s sole focus is to grow the Men’s Sheds Movement in Scotland and promote its life-changing impact and support and inspire more men to access their local Men’s Shed (or set up their own) to connect with their communities and improve their health and wellbeing both in and out of the Shed.
The SMSA – which was founded in 2014 – has created a fit for purpose framework and successful support pathway for a new male health by stealth movement to become an independent thriving success. Since the first Shed launched in Scotland in 2009, there are now 188 Sheds that SMSA supports nationally and numbers continue to rise. It is essential that SMSA is here to support new and existing Sheds and extend our reach to more men with the aim of improving their health and wellbeing and reducing social isolation and loneliness.