Mens Shed



Northwest Lifelong Learning along with Ceres Group Europe (NI) Ltd have embarked on a project with the Irish Mens Shed Association to turn a former Creche in Loughview Estate Ballykelly into a new and exciting Shed for Men.

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was set up in January 2011 with the purpose of supporting the development and sustainability of Men’s Sheds on the Island of Ireland.

The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation formed to share information freely between Sheds and support communities and organisations wishing to establish a Shed.

The IMSA as a national organisation represents the collective issues of Men’s Sheds in Ireland.

The Irish Men’s Shed Association will work towards a future where all men have the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and well-being by participating in a community Men’s Shed.

  • A Men’s Shed is a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities.
  • Men’s Sheds are open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. It is a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills and develop your old skills.
  • New members are always welcome and can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone as the men have ownership of their Shed and projects and decide their own program of events.
  • An objective of Men’s Sheds is to enhance or maintain the well-being of the participating men.

We are a grassroots organisation and we base our actions directly as a response to the needs, as expressed by the Men of the Sheds, so that we can make it is as easy as possible for any group of men to set up and run a Men’s Shed.

Brian McCloskey, Ballykelly Mens’ Shed Co-ordinator tells us why he wanted to start the project

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