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Tameside's Men In Sheds

Coronavirus Update

The trustees of the Shed have reluctantly decided to follow the Government’s guidance for organisations supporting people that fall in the “At-risk” groups. As a majority of our shedders fall into at least one of these groups, we have decided to socially distance our shedders form the Shed for 12 weeks from15:00 Friday 20th March until Friday 12th June and reopening 9:00 Monday 15th June 2020. It must be pointed out that this date might change and we will keep shedders informed of any changes.

To ensure we can maintain regular contact with our shedders will you please let Mike or Tony have your latest contact details so we can keep you informed. 

We also recognise about a third of our shedders live in household of one. If you live alone please make sure we know so we can support you. We will respond to request for help with shopping, etc.

contact details: 07984037920 or 07561833071

The Shed is a larger version of the typical men’s shed at the bottom of the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests. We offer a safe, friendly and inclusive workshop, where men (and women on Fridays) come together to work, share ideas and experiences. More importantly, it’s a place where they can make friends and enjoy themselves.

Activities Include


Furniture Repair

Cycle Servicing


Family History


Kitchen Garden



Cinema Club

Meet Our Team

The Shed is run by a team of experienced and enthusiastic staff and volunteers who are able to support a wide range of projects.

We open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm with a small fee (£6 for half-day and £12 full day). Monday to Thursday is men only while Friday is mixed.

For more details and a free taster contact:
Mike, Bob or Tony on: 07561833071 or

Find us at: Loxley House, Birch Lane, Dukinfield, SK16 5AU



Support Worker (Volunteers)



Shed Co-ordinator



Support Worker (Services)

Our Trustees

Our trustees play a pivotal role guiding and supporting the work of the Shed and ensuring our services are appropriate and fit for purpose.



After a 30 year career in Banking, Sharman took early retirement to concentrate on her voluntary work. She also sat as a Magistrate for 32 years, culminating in her becoming Chairman of the Manchester & Salford Bench.
In 2008 Sharman was honoured to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and served as High Sheriff of the County 2015 – 2016.

Dr. Tom Jones<strong>. </strong>BSc (Hons), MB ChB, MRCGP, DRCOG

Dr. Tom Jones. BSc (Hons), MB ChB, MRCGP, DRCOG

He qualified at Manchester in 1992 and trained on the Stockport VTS in 1996/7. After obtaining MRCGP, he travelled in New Zealand for 6 months.

Councillor Dawson Lane

Councillor Dawson Lane

Born in Hulme, left school and went down the pits, joined Navy at 16, Roofer after the Navy for 50 years. Dawson ran his own roofing business for over 32 years employing staff for 15 years. He became a Councillor 8 years ago and has been Deputy Mayor and Mayor 14/15. Chair of the District Assembly for 3 years.

Wing Commander Roy Catterall DL LCG RAF VR(T) Ret’d

Wing Commander Roy Catterall DL LCG RAF VR(T) Ret’d

Born in 1948 in Droylsden Tameside, Roy was educated at Moorside Primary School and Littlemoss Secondary School before following his father into the Engineering Industry and commencing an apprenticeship with Mather + Platt Ltd. Currently the Branch Chairman for Greater Manchester, of the Soldiers Sailors and Airman’s Families Association (ssafa – The Armed Forces Charity) he also volunteers at his local Foodbank and is passionate about the provision of facilities for Youth in the community. .

Our Aim

To encourage Tameside citizens to age well through our approach by:

Being socially active

Being physically active

Having a positive outlook

Our Approach

Within the local area there isn’t any other similar service for older men. However, research into the needs of older men, and the types of services which best engage with them, suggests that men appreciate activities which are aimed specifically at them, and/or which make use of their existing skills and experiences. Older men like to be in the company of their peers.

Given recognition over recent years that older mens’ health issues have been overshadowed, the Shed project is aimed at engaging men who would, by dint of health or social issues, be otherwise isolated from informal and peer support. The idea is to provide somewhere where men might be more willing to listen to health information. The covert plan is to get men in one place to target them with health messages. Men, particular those over 50, tend to be fairly resistant to going to the doctor for problems that might turn out to be more serious if left.

The Shed was formed in April 2017. The project is for men (and women on Fridays) aged 50 and over with a range of support needs who benefit from practical activities. The last survey showed more than 90% of participants reported improvements in at least two or more of the outcomes; feeling less isolated and more engaged, feeling better physically and improved wellbeing, improved self-confident and self-worth, improved relationships, a healthier lifestyle and less GPs visits.


1. Avoid social isolation of older men

2. Encourage independence living and a healthy lifestyle

3. Promote lifelong learning

4. Encourage development of new and sharing of existing skills

5. Provide therapeutic support through practical activities for men with
health issues and who require post illness support for; strokes,
cardiovascular problems, mild dementia, bereavement, depression and
severe head injuries, etc. so they are better able to manage their mental
health and lifestyle issues





Loxley House, Birch Lane, Dukinfield, SK16 5AU