The Blyth Man Shed project was officially opened by Margaret Richardson the Mayor of Blyth on the 18th of September 2021. Shedders, local councillors & supporters gathered to celebrate this triumph.
Blyth Man Shed is a small community project in Blyth, Northumberland. The concept of the shed is a special community place to frequently tinker with creations, build things, dismantle things, and sometimes even fix things! The project is a whole lot more than just a shed though, it’s a friendly community, and more importantly, a place to get away from it all.
The project is primarily to address the negative impact of loneliness and isolation on people’s health & wellbeing through direct engagement with individuals from the local community. It’s well known that social exclusion can be a significant factor leading to poor mental health. The key focus and mission of the Blyth Man Shed project is to reduce the isolation & detachment experienced and not openly discussed among the general population. In doing so, the project aims to positively impact people’s mindsets, thus improving the mental and physical health of Shedders and the supporting communities and supporters involved.
Blyth Man Shed is a space for men & women to learn & share practical workshop skills with one another. The workshop is primarily woodworking but not limited to woodcrafts. Already Shedders are enjoying practicing traditional stick dressing, wood carving & woodturning crafts. If you have knowledge or even a traditional craft you wish to share with others, our shedders would love to hear about it.
A small number of Shedders have carried the project forwards this far it’s time to widen the horizon even further by inviting people to get involved. The shed is conveniently located in central Blyth to make it easy for people to access, by foot, bus, or car. The shed is open to people from the surrounding areas, some shedders already taking part are from Seaton Delaval and Cramlington areas.
The shed environment is where members can meet and work on creative projects of their own choosing, individually or jointly with other Shedders. Special project builds are also ongoing throughout the year which often benefits the wider community including local charities, youth groups, and other local community organisations. Specialist training workshops happen often featuring demonstrations & training on new equipment.
To get involved with the Blyth Man Shed Project simply drop in to see some of the fantastic work happening in the shed and chat with friendly shedders to hear about their own stories and experiences.
The shed is open on a Wednesday evening from 6 pm until 8 pm and ad hoc Saturday mornings from 9:30 am until midday. You’ll find the shed on Brewery Street in Blyth.