Men’s Sheds Awards for All & Grants Training 25th November 2019

Hafan Cymru and the National Community Lottery are holding a training session for Men’s Sheds. The aim of the session is to help understand the process of making applications to support and finance projects run by individual Men’s Sheds. Staff from the National Community Lottery and Hafan Cymru’s Business Development Manager will deliver this session.

The session will give an overview of grant applications and the various sources of grant funding. There will be practical training on completing grant forms and insights into grant assessments.

This is a free training session for Men’s Sheds members only. You can book you place at:


Men’s Sheds at the Senedd 19th November 2019

On November 19 International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.

Men’s Sheds Cymru in acknowledgement of International Men’s Day will celebrate the successes and achievements of the Men’s Sheds movement in Wales.

This will be best demonstrated by members. They will tell their stories and share their journeys of how Men’s Sheds have made a difference and positive change to their personal life and wellbeing.

Come and see the skilled items they make, watch a ‘shedders’ play and take part in a friendly ‘conkers’ competition. If your ‘shed’ would like a space and be part of the event, let us know. ‘Shedders’ will have the chance to talk and network. In addition we will be screening a film from Head in the Sheds, one of our newest groups supported by Maesteg Men’s Shed at Parc Prison.

There will be a welcome by Deputy Minister, Jane Hutt AM and talks by Alan Lawrie Executive Director Cwm Taf Health Board & Sian Morgan Chief Executive Hafan Cymru.

Book your tickets at:

Men’s Sheds Eishedfod 8th May 2019

What if Men’s Sheds and Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival did an Eisteddfod? A celebration of all things creative from sheds across Wales. Men’s Sheds members and supporters are invited to come along and take part in this free fun and informal event on 8th May at Builth Wells. It will be based on competition, music and demonstrations and perhaps a few talks from our members.
Everyone can take part in the competitions by building the wooden kits we have supplied. Build the kit or use it as a template for something outstanding. Competition categories are:

Best decorated solo artist

Best decorated Band/Group,

Best adapted Timberkits (for scaled models, motorised, enhanced etc.)

For your free ticket please book here on Eventbrite.

Meet Chris Southern our new Development Officer for South East Wales

Hi, I’m Chris Southern and I am happy to introduce myself as the new Men’s Sheds Cymru Regional Development Officer for South East Wales. I bring to this job a broad range of community development experience and a diversity of personal interests that I believe make me a good match for the role.
Most recently I have been working with FareShare Cymru, who work with food retail businesses to divert surplus and short-date food away from the waste stream and towards community organisations that can use it for social good. My work history also includes managing a charity furniture shop, which worked with volunteers and employability placements to upcycle second hand furniture, an IT refurbishment and recycling operation, delivering IT training for older people, and developing and delivering inclusive recreation and leisure opportunities for children and young people.
I am a father and divorce survivor with a range of personal interests that puts me firmly in the category of ‘master of none’. Under that category, I am a musician, a cyclist, a DIY enthusiast (of necessity), a country walker, dog owner, bird watcher, cook and gardener. I am committed to my role as a ‘Jack’ of all these interests, which is why I joined my local Brass Band training band just over a year ago and try out being an adult learner of my latest instrument, the euphonium.
It turns out that living life is a lot more complicated than I thought it was going to be when I was twenty, and I truly believe that it is my hobbies and interests that have kept me going through some tough times. I hope that through this role I may be able to help increase the opportunities for other men to take part in interesting activities and meet new people that may help them cope with the inevitable complexities of their lives.
I hope to be out and about meeting local community members and groups in the coming months. In the meantime feel free to contact me if you have a question, would like to invite me to an event or you would just like to make contact:  07876 680667, I look forward to meeting you.


Royal Voluntary Service & ASDA Funding

The 5th and final round of grant funding provided by the Royal Voluntary Service and ASDA is open. They are working to the following timetable:

• Open date 29th April 2018
• Close date Sunday 24th June 2018
• Panel date w/c 16th July 2018
• Offers issue dates w/c 23rd July 2018

Grants have usually been awarded to newer Men’s Sheds open less than 18 months but Men’s Sheds who have been unsuccessful in the past are encouraged to apply. Details and application forms can be found at the Royal Voluntary Service Website:


Thanks to Colwyn Bay & Holyhead Men’s Shed

A big thank you to Colwyn Bay & Holyhead Men’s Shed for taking part and contributing to the filming of our promotional video. We want as many men as possible to see the benefits that can be had from joining a Men’s Shed and there is no one better placed to tell that story than our ‘shedders’.