The Essex Shed Network are looking for people to join one of the many Men in Shed projects operating across Essex. 

A Men’s Shed is not unlike a traditional Shed in its nature – a place full of tools and machines – but on a larger scale with room for many. It is essentially a safe space for men to come together and share conversation and tools whilst engaging in practical projects (most commonly wood craft). Sheds are places of skill sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction 

While not strictly a volunteering role becoming a Shedder is an opportunity to get involved with your local community, getting involved in shared and community projects and offering an opportunity to share skills, knowledge and friendship with others. 

Within the Sheds themselves there are volunteering opportunities such as being part of the committee, running sessions as a supervisor, being a mentor or training as a PAT tester. 


No particular skills or experience are required other than a willingness to drink tea, make friends, chat and maybe try your hand at something new.

Men with skills in practical activities and woodworking are welcome to share their skills and interests.


  • Accessibility
    Dependent on the Shed there may be some restrictions
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Sheds open at different times - contact us for more information about your local area


This opportunity is available in: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Harlow, Maldon, Rayleigh and Rochford, Southend, Tendring, Thurrock, Uttlesford

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