Sheds for Sustainable Development

Dates: December 2017 – December 2020
Funder: The National Lottery Community Fund
Project PI: Artur Steiner
Project Team: Danielle Kelly, Artur Steiner, Simon Teasdale, Helen Mason

The Sheds for Sustainable Development Project focuses on supporting Community Sheds in Scotland to be both financially and socially sustainable. Key components include: the collection and analysis of data pertaining to the development challenges that sheds may face; the co-creation of viable solutions to help sheds develop and sustain; and the evaluation of the potential health and wellbeing benefits associated with being a member of a shed, and taking part in shed activities. Findings from this research will be shared through a project report, best practice guide policy briefings and academic papers with shed stakeholders including men’s sheds, other community groups, policy makers, and also with health and care providers. The aims of the project are:

  • To identify the key development challenges facing sheds and, through action research, implement entrepreneurial changes enhancing the sustainability and viability of the sheds;
  • To explore, using mixed methods, the health and wellbeing impacts of shed activities on their users and how sheds may contribute to a preventative spending approach to health and care.     

To view a recent report, please click Men's Sheds Sustainability Briefing Report - March 2019

For more information, please contact: danielle.kelly@gcu.ac.uk