Women’s Sheds

Women’s Sheds Internationally

Updated 16 Nov 2020

 Professor (Adjunct) Barry Golding & Associate Professor Annette Foley (Federation University Australia, Ballarat); Dr Lucia Carragher (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland)

Please send Australian and NZ information, updates and Women’s Sheds missing from our list to:  b.golding@federation.edu.au

Please send Irish & UK information, updates and Women’s Sheds missing from our list  to: lucia.carragher@dkit.ie 


The history and development of the now international Men’s Sheds movement is reasonably well known (The Men’s Shed Movement: The Company of Men, 2015).

Around the same time that Barry Golding was researching this book, a small number of shed-based community organisations had begun to spring up in Australia and elsewhere that were created instead mainly for and by women. In the five years since there has been a significant growth in the number of Women’s Sheds (some called ‘She Sheds’), some as offshoots of existing Men’s Sheds, planned or opened, particularly in Australia, Ireland and the UK.

We aim to progressively map the field internationally and share whatever information individual Sheds are happy to contribute. If there is information missing or wrong, please let us know.

What follows outlines the international situation in relation to the emerging ‘Women’s Sheds’ movement to September 2020. It is evident from the rapidly expanding table at the foot of this blog that there was a sufficient number of such ‘Women’s ‘Sheds’ open or active before the COVID19 shutdown, to justify this initial international scoping study.

Given that many Shed-based community organizations including Women’s Sheds have been in partial or total lockdown during 2020, we have relied on publicly available information from the web, augmented by information provided by informants via email and published in this data base with their permission.

At least one half of Women’s Sheds open or developing (before the early 2020 COVID19 shutdown)  had a publicly available email address on the internet and most have a Facebook site. Around one quarter of the rest have a publicly accessible contact name, phone number or physical location.

Our first aim as researchers is, with the assistance of Wome;’s Shed practitioners to fill in the missing gaps’in the Table below and make this Women’s Shed database publicly accessible. We  plan to regularly update this blog as new information comes in. We anticipate this will enable individuals and organisations developing Women’s Sheds to network, contact, learn from and support each other.

Barry Golding used a similar process to create and circulate a Men’s Shed data base to inform and productively support early Australian Men’s Sheds between 2005 and 2007. Since 2007 the Australian database has been maintained by the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA). Since the creation of IMSA in Ireland, UKMSA in the UK and MENZ Shed in New Zealand during the past decade, searchable ‘Find a Men’s Shed’ sites have been available online in Australia, Ireland, the UK and New Zealand.

Our second aim is to more closely identify the scale, scope, spread, nature and impact of the Women’s Shed sector. We are aware from our previous research into the impact of Men’s Sheds on communities and individuals, that governments and not-for-profit organisations make funding decisions that rely on rigorously collected evidence and research. To this point no such reliable evidence is available for Women’s Sheds.

We anticipate publishing an academic paper later in 2020 scoping the phenomenon, leading to a proposed field-based international research study during 2021, assuming that it is COVID-19 safe to conduct interviews.

Barry and Lucia are writing a Chapter about ‘Women’s Sheds internationally’  in Barry Golding’s 2021 book, Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement, to be published in the US through Common Ground, as a sequel to his 2015 book. The Men’s Shed Movement: The Company of Men.

Separately, Barry. Lucia and Annette are currently writing up field research based on interviews we have recently conducted in Australian and Irish Men’s Sheds, that is examining the impact of Men’s Sheds on significant others, particularly wives and partners of male shedders. In the process we have come across a number of rural Men’s Sheds where women participate and are involved in the Shed, sometimes on equal terms with men.

It is clear that many women also and separately enjoy somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk with, sometimes in the company of other women. Our research should produce some useful, new and timely evidence about the nature and impact of Women’s Sheds.

Women’s Sheds

Women’s Sheds are essentially community places and spaces where women can come together at any life stage, engage in a variety of activities and connect with other women in an all (or mostly) female environment. While most adopt an organisation title which puts the name of the place first, e.g. ‘Port Macquarie Women’s Shed’, around one third put ‘Women’s Shed’ up front, e.g. ‘Women’s Shed Seymour’.

Many Women’s Sheds have been created as grassroots community organisations, typically led by one or a small number of passionate and well-networked women. Most make good use of social media, particularly Facebook, and many have dedicated websites.

Some Women’s Sheds have emerged as separate entities or been operating out of or through an existing Men’s Shed organisation or building. Some began or are now operated in an auspice arrangement through an existing community organisation such as a community centre. Others have been set up independently as stand alone Women’s Shed organisations, though relatively few appear to own their own premises.

The rationale for particular Women’s Sheds appears similarly diverse. What is different from Men’s Sheds, at least superficially, is that very few appear to be focused specifically on older women. Most have been driven by a perceived community need to connect, empower and involve women of all ages.

Patrick Abrahams,  UK Men’s Sheds Association Ambassador has recently concluded, on the basis of observations of quite a few Women’s Sheds start-ups across the UK, that ‘ ... they typically follow a different development path than the Men’s Sheds in the UK. Women’s Sheds often gather a large number of members early on, and this quite rapidly dwindles. This was happening even before the shutdowns forced by the COVID 19 pandemic. By contrast Men’s Sheds typically start slowly and then grow. The overall failure rate of Women’s Sheds in the UK tends to be much higher than Men’s or Community-based Sheds. I think this caused by the greater need in Women’s Sheds of training/support on DIY/woodwork and other skills (or specific planned group activities). By contrast, Men’s sheds seem to be more self-sufficient, in terms of individuals undertaking projects without the need for support, training or group activities’.

It is clear from the information generously provided by Women’s Sheds in the tables below that many are struggling with recognition, finding it hard to attract funding and create a permanent meeting place. From 1 October 2020 the ability for Women’s Sheds to attract funds within Australia has been boosted by the declaration by the Australian  Taxation Office (ATO) of DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient Status of community sheds, defined as ‘Men’s Sheds and Women’s Sheds’.

The ATO condition is that the Women’s Shed  organisation’s dominant purposes ‘must be advancing mental health and preventing or relieving social isolation’, are ‘seeking to achieve those purposes principally by providing a physical location where it supports individuals to undertake activities, or work projects, in the company of others’. Further, either: ‘ there is no particular criteria for membership for your organisation; or the criteria for membership relate only to an individual’s gender or Indigenous status (in that membership is, for cultural reasons, open only to Indigenous persons), or both. Further information see:https://www.ato.gov.au/General/New-legislation/In-detail/Other-topics/Not-for-profit/Extending-deductible-gift-recipient-status-to-Men-s-Sheds-and-Women-s-Sheds-(community-sheds)/

The Irish Times (11 Jan 2020)  reported the opening up of funding to Irish Women’s Sheds as well as Men’s Sheds. The Irish Minister of Rural Affairs (Michael Ring) said that ‘Since its establishment less than 10 years ago, the impact of the men’s sheds movement has been phenomenal,” Mr Ring said. “I’ve no doubt that the emergence of women’s sheds can only be a good thing for community life in Ireland. ”

These funding  issues associated with Sheds setting up were common to many early Men’s Sheds before the movement gained traction, Once Men’s Sheds started to actively network and research became available to buttress their claims about impact the Movement took off in leaps and bounds.

To September 2020 approximately 180  research articles, many peer reviewed and including several Masters and PhD theses, had been published internationally about Men’s Sheds. Until Women’s Sheds are able to get wider recognition including from academics it will be difficult to produce evidence of impact other than by extrapolation from  Men’s Sheds research.

Despite their positive ideals and early successes, some early Women’s Sheds are now closed or in recess as a consequence of feeling isolated and lacking community support, even before the COVID19 pandemic. As researchers committed to being of assistance, we hope that our blog helps identify some of the common difficulties as well as provides some common solutions and future possibilities.

Context for the development of Women’s Sheds to 2020

Barry Golding’s (2015) The Men’s Shed Movement book includes four pages (pp.364-367) summarizing data on the critically important role of women in creating and supporting individual Men’s Sheds as well as the now international movement. In Australia where the first Men’s Sheds opened over two decades ago, decisions about women’s involvement in the shed as participants has typically been made at a local level. Whilst in most Australian Men’s Sheds it is solely or mainly men who participate in the shed activity, a small number of Men’s Sheds include women as equal members and participants.

Quite a number of Men’s Sheds have separate programs and days for women. Some ‘Women’s Sheds’ operate out of preexisting Men’s Sheds. A small number of sheds are badged as ‘Community Sheds’ or Community Men’s Sheds in order to be more inclusive of women. Some Shed-based organisations also involve children as participants.

She Sheds

A small number of community-run Shed-based organizations for and by women  call themselves ‘She Sheds’.

Evidence online suggests that the term ‘She Shed’ otherwise refers mainly to personal and private shed-type places and spaces in the house or back yard. A Google search on the term suggests that a ‘Shed Shed’ is:

… a female man cave. It is a dedicated space in the home set aside just for the woman of the house. It can a place for recreation, rejuvenation and enjoying personal activities. Most of all it is a female sanctum dedicated entirely to the woman.

Consistent with the above, a 179 full-colour book by Erika Kotite, She Sheds: A room of your own published in January 2017 encourages women to:

… Create your very own hideaway for relaxing, crafting, reading, or just to have a private place just for you. She Sheds provides the instruction and inspiration in this lovely gift-able edition. They’ve got their man caves, and it’s time for you to have a space of your own.

It is evident that many commercial businesses are riding the personal She Shed wave, particularly in the US, offering products to help construct  or enhance backyard She Sheds.

Other Women’s Shed name variants

A small number of what are effectively Women’s Shed-based organisations use other names, typically also including the name of the locality,  including ‘Shelia’s Shack’, ‘Shelia’s Shed’, ‘Ladies Shed’, ‘Fix it Sisters Shed’ and ‘Her Cave’.

Whilst we have not included Shed-based community organisations on our data base which call themselves ‘Community Sheds’,  ‘Community Men’s Sheds’ or ‘Men’s Shed’s, we acknowledge that such Sheds sometimes include some or many women as members.

A brief history of community-based Sheds for and by women

Whilst it is far too early to write a definitive history of the Women’s Sheds Movement, there is evidence that the idea and practice has evolved within the past decade and accelerated in the past five years to 2020.  In many ways it appears to be a female response to and mirroring of the development of Men’s Sheds, but tailored to women’s sometimes different needs and interests. The Women’s Shed Facebook site was founded in July 2010 as ‘A place to exchange and share in the building of a Women’s Shed Network across Australia and beyond!’

National Men’s Shed peak bodies in Australia and Ireland (AMSA & IMSA) have recently begun to acknowledge and provide logistical support for some Women’s Sheds.

Governments in Ireland and Australia have also begun to acknowledge or include Women’s Sheds in their funding rounds. In January 2020, 22 Women’s Sheds across Ireland as well as 339 Irish Men’s Sheds were acknowledged for the first time as being eligible for a total pool of funding of a half million Euro to help purchase equipment and carry out works. Men’s Sheds in Ireland are eligible if they are registered with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. There is no equivalent national affiliation for Women’s Sheds, which causes difficulty in defining them. The following criteria are considered when deciding whether a group that applies is a ‘Women’s Shed’ and is eligible for funding (from the Community Enhancement Programme 2019 guidelines for ‘small scale capital costs’.)

  • If they are affiliated with another parent association (which means they are not really a Shed), then they should not be eligible for this fund.
  • There must be an appropriate organisational structure to the Shed.
  • The number of number of members of the group should be considered. If there are very few members then this should be considered along with their level of activity when deciding on eligibility.
  • The group should demonstrate that their ethos consistent with the ethos of the Men’s Shed movement.

Women’s Sheds international data base to Nov 2020

Our data base below, augmented by the Facebook Women’s Sheds Contact List (3rd Draft Nov 2018), summarised in dot point below, confirms that of the approximately 110  Women’s Sheds (or similarly named equivalent community organisations) internationally, at least one half were likely to have previously been operating internationally, being planned or under development before the COVID-19 lockdown to early 2020.

Summary to 20 Nov  2020

  • Australia: 60 on data base, 23 confirmed  active or open.

Of those Women’s Sheds  in Australia:

      • 33 (55%) are in New South Wales
      • 13 (24%) are in Victoria
      • 7 (13%) are in Queensland
      • 5 (9%) were in Western Australia
      • 2 (4%) were in South Australia
      • 1 (2%) was in Tasmania
  • Ireland: 23 on data base, 0 confirmed active active or open.
  • UK: 25 on data base, 9 confirmed active or open.
  • NZ: 3 on data base, 2 confirmed  active or open.
  • International TOTAL: 110 on data base, 32 confirmed active or open.

To 17 Nov 2020 we have validated data returned from 32 Women’s Sheds internationally.

More than one half (45%)  of all sheds  on the international data base were in Australia, with around one fifth (21%) on the Island of Ireland and around one quarter (23%) in the UK ( England, Scotland or Wales, with two in New Zealand.

We have sent an email to each Women’s Shed organization requesting additional information to be included in this publicly available data base.

If you see a Women’s Shed in the Table that is missing, have updated information or have a better contact email address for a Shed that has ‘awaiting more information’, ‘awaiting email contact’, or ‘awaiting email response’,  please let us know.

Specifically, Women’s Sheds informants have been invited to provide information about the location, status, type of Shed, the origin, intention and targeted women, opening days and times  (if open before the March 2020 COVID19 lockdown), stage of development and basic contact details (website, email, key contact person).

We will progressively update Tables 1-4 , below (for Australia, the Island of Ireland, the UK and New Zealand), including the new information as responses come in. If you are able to fill any of the gaps or see something that is incorrect, please email Barry Golding: b.golding@federation.edu.au

Meantime, please  watch this space. Sheds for which information was derived online including from Facebook are shown in bold italics.  Where additional information has been confirmed (provided and shared) by the Shed organisation the Shed name is shown in bold, We have added a star * to Sheds that appeared to be active or open to early 2020.

Women’s Sheds internationally

Table 1: Australia (61 listed: 30 confirmed)

Name of Shed (place, State)  Established

( *Open at some time)

Publicly available information

New South Wales (34: 19 confirmed)

Orange Women’s Shed (NSW) 2018*; Closed March 2020, returned July 2020 in small numbers orangewsinc@gmail.com , Contact Michelle Einsaar, ‘Shed intention to develop skills & confidence in women to be able to do small maintenance jobs. Open to any women age 16+ who would like to learn how to use basic tools safely. Friendly with neighbouring Lucknow & Borenore Men’s Sheds. Shed at rear of 1635 Forest Road, Orange. Approx 45 members. Open Tues & Wed 9am-1pm. Main activities small woodworking projects on different home maintenance tasks.’
Parramatta Women’s Shed (NSW) 9 Dec 2018* www.bower.org.au/sheds : ‘Partnership between Supporting and linking Tradeswomen (SALT), The Bower & City of Parramatta’. Pre COVID met every third Wed 6-8pm at The Bower, Parramatta. ‘A creative social group pf women of all ages who share their individual skills.’ info@bower.org.au  Grace Turbott, Operations Manager, Bower Reuse & Repair Centres 02 80042666 reports (Oct 2020) that ‘Our women’s shed has been in a transition phase due to change of management and structure in our location – and COVID on top. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to provide precise meeting dates/times , but will do so when we have them finalised’.
Albury Women’s Shed (NSW) 2016 first meeting;  in premises since 2017 * FACEBOOK Albury Women’s Shed Facebook: alburywomensshed@gmail.com : 0476166577: www.alburywomen’sshed.org.au . Open Mon & Fri 10-1, Wed 4.30-7.30pm. 195 Corrys Rd, Thurgoona 2640; ‘Aimed at empowering women that are learning together about renovation, repair and using tools. What do women do at the Shed: We learn! We encourage. We help each other to renovate furniture, build garden benches and we contemplate our next project. And there is laughter as we work on our projects and chat (as long as no-one is drilling or sawing!). Women are also welcome to come in and enjoy the company of other members over a cuppa or a quiet time in the library.’
Ulladulla Woman’s Shed (NSW)* formed 2014/15* Premises in Aug 2015, Awaiting email response @, 2014 President Jan McKay 0476956459
Her Cave Inc.  (Kanwal, NSW)* 2016* FACEBOOK: hercave1@gmail.com : 0415281920,  www.hercave.org.au  Contact Regina Doyle (President). Aim ‘To share handcraft skills for very low cost and help create friendships, on the Central Coast [NSW] area. … No age limits!!! ‘Any women needing friendships to learn new skills and combat loneliness’. Open Mon, Wed & Fri 9.30-2.30 and Sat 11-4, 41 Pearce Road, Kanwal; Also open at The Entrance, Tuesdays. 10-2. Group ranges in age from 20 through to  80s. ‘We don’t discriminate on age or sex as to men learning to sew’. ‘We would dearly love to have our own place like the Men’s Sheds, but as we are not associated with other Women’s Sheds it makes it very hard to get somewhere we can use solely at a low rent. Many of our members are medically unfit to move furniture back and forth to a storage space.’
Noosa Women’s Shed (NSW)* 2017* Made contact; awaiting email response #
The Hills Women’s Shed (Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW) 2018* An initiative of Positive Vibes Foundation, a charity organisation, see: http://www.positivevibes.org.au,  Active Facebook Page, The Hills Womens Shed. (THWS) Contact thehillswomensshed@positivevibes.org.au , Mercedes or Jeanette 0408549530.  ‘A progressive organisation pulsating with a community heart: Women focussed, man & family friendy’. ‘We have a calendar of events including mental health events, gardening, sewing classes, cooking classes, succulents activities, beauty and wellbeing etc for our community group. We welcome the community in general, including women from different cultural backgrounds and also some male members. Everyone is welcome to our sessions, events and classes. We are working hard with the community to break the stigma of mental health.’
Women’s Shed on the Lake (Lake Macquarie, NSW) 2017* FACEBOOK: womensshedonthelake@gmail.com , 0458407749  ‘inclusive group for women of all ages’, Fri 9am-12, Warner’s Bay Baptist Church Hall.  ‘Our group was formed in October 2016 and is an activity of a Community Centre (Our Community Place) situated in Boolaroo, Lake Macquarie NSW. We are open to women of all ages. In the beginning we met fortnightly and were supported by a worker from the community centre. Over time our members have formed a committee and have become responsible for the management of the group. We are also financially independent, raising funds to support the group. Our group meets weekly now and we have  at least 25-30 women attending weekly. The Committee manages a program which includes craft experiences, outings, speakers from a variety of organisations of interest to the women as well as community projects which support local organisations. Our biggest challenge so far has been to find a permanent home which suits the needs of the group..’ Margaret Standen, Sub-committee, Women’s Shed on the Lake
Community Women’s Shed Kurri Kurri  (NSW)* 2015* Contact made via Dee Phelps Threlfo dee1806@gmail.com: FACEBOOK: communitywomensshed.kurrikurri@gmail.com ; Thurs & Fri, 9.30-1. ‘Bringing women together. For women of all ages & backgrounds’.
Women’s Shed, Forster (NSW) opened July 2010*, closed 2014 Affiliated  with  Forster Neighbourhood Centre (FNC) Original intention ‘to support women of all ages and backgrounds. A meeting place – a giving and receiving place’. ‘Representatives from various Great Lakes district organisations and services visited the FNC’s Women’s Shed to share information about the services that they provide to the community. Some of the group activities included:Free health checks – Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Check, Catering for community events and the soup kitchen, Fundraising for women, children and families in crisis, Self-defence classes, Local History Walks, Singing and Poetry.
Port Macquarie Women’s Shed (NSW) Oct 2015* ‘Building confidence, capability and connection’. FACEBOOK: contact Bev McKinlay, Secretary 0405153491 portmacquariewomensshed@gmail.com . Approx. 40 members, with meeting room in Port Macquarie & limited access to woodwork facilities in Port Macquarie.
Two Sheds Workshop: (Bega, NSW 2014 (Bega) * ‘Addressing the entrenched gender gap in the building industry’: Woodwork for Women and Kids; 0419286507 LM,  Awaiting email address@  Website www.twoshedsworkshops.com.au A
Two Sheds Workshop, (Canberra, ACT) 2017 (Canberra) *  As above
Inner West Women’s Shed (Dulwich Hill, NSW) April 2013 (first in Australia). Closed due to COVID19* ‘Working to Honor and Empower Women’; met Wed pm in Seaview Hall before shutdown. Membership $10 per annum since 2013. No contact or other details available. ‘There are no plans to meet again due to concerns about health and wellbeing of members, many of whom are in the high risk category.’
Wagga Wagga Women’s Shed  Inc. (NSW) July 2017* FACEBOOK Kerlane, Email: waggawaggawomensshed@hotmail.comHelen, Secretary 0403875590. Opened by Kerry Luff. Meet 3 days a week Mon, Wed  & Fri 10am-2 pm. ‘We have meditation, yoga, tai chi , Knitting/ crocheting, line dancing & raft classes. Meet at the Tennis Courts on Beckwith Street. Our main aim is to create a safe place for women of all ages to meet and talk. Participants range from 30 to 90 years; single, married, divorced  or widowed’.
Hunter Valley Women’s Shed (Maitland, NSW) floated 2017 FACEBOOK: ‘women coming together, empowering each other to learn and gain skills.’ awaiting email address & other detail.
Narromine Community Women’s Shed (NSW) April 2013 (second in Australia)* FACEBOOK: 0487200987, Leina, Public Officer narrominewomensshed@gmail.com
Lithgow Area Women’s Shed (NSW) 2019 Private FACEBOOK, ‘A place where all women in Lithgow area are welcome to come and join us’, with a strong emphasis on’ building women; seeking a permanent home. Awaiting email response & other detail.
Hornsby & Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shed  (NSW) 15 May 2019 FACEBOOK :Via PCYP Hornsby: womensshedhk@gmail.com . ‘providing a safe, inclusive & supportive space for women to learn & connect through sharing stories, experiences & knowledge.’ Awaiting email response & other detail.
Griffith Women’s Shed (Yoogali, NSW) Open 6 Nov 2018* griffithwomensshed@gmail.com , Carol Johnson, President, awaiting response& other detail.
Robertson Men’s  Shed (near Bowral, NSW) Temporary Men’s Shed with women involved since 2017, new Men’s Shed including women 2020 * John Kennis, President, Robinson Men’s Shed: robertsonmensshed@gmail.com

‘In a temporary Shed, a 6m x 7m garage. for both men and women, Men on Tuesdays, Women on Fridays. The number of women participating  vary  but the ones that do come are very keen.  When the women attend, the Men’s Shed provide two members to assist in training on equipment, safety and other assistance. Our new Shed should be completed by December 2020. Once completed we will still run two separate days for men and women and on occasion have mixed days. The feedback from the women  attending is very positive and I am sure that we will have a great shed for both men and women. We need to ensure we do not stray from the main ethos of what Men’s Sheds are for, the health and wellbeing of men, now also the health and wellbeing of women. Our vision is to provide for the community of Robertson a Shed that can be a place for both men and women to meet, socialise and become engaged with community. Also run youth workshops, community workshops, people with a disability workshops’.

Arncliffe: Fix  it Sisters Shed 2018* FACEBOOK, hello@fixitsistersshed.org.au , ’empowering women of all ages with practical and creative skills’. Awaiting email response & other detail.
Cessnock Community Women’s Shed Sept 2015 FACEBOOK, cessnockwomensshed@gmail.com  0456213604, ‘inclusive group for all women’, awaiting email response & other detail.
Coonamble Women’s Shed FACEBOOK, coonamblewomensshedinc2829@gmail.com . awaiting email response & other detail: ‘about helping women escape the everyday pressures that life throws up. So come along and have some fun’.
Corowa and District SHE Shed Inc. * FACEBOOK, meet Corowa CWA Rooms, Wed 10-2, Basia (shed supervisor) 0419630101. Awaiting email address & other detail.
Walan Wirringah Women’s Group (Dubbo) Aboriginal Community Garden Group. Awaiting email address & other detail.
Mullumbimby Women’s Shed * FACEBOOK, a welcoming sacred space for women and girls to connect, grow & learn in an atmosphere of generosity and goodwill’, Community Gardens Rotunda, Thurs 2-4. awaiting email address & other detail.
Women’s Shed  (Marian House) Karuah, Hunter Region first proposed May 2010, first meeting 16 June 2010 Karuah, Myall Coast Catholic Parish, Contact: briro@bigpond.com;  Rose Smith: 0414834922  ‘Provides an opportunity for women to get together in our hall for a chat, a cuppa and to share in some simple craft ideas’. The suggestion arose because I had for several years belonged to a craft group that met regularly, and the enjoyment I experienced was something I was keen to share. We meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month and I organise and prepare the craft activity The ladies keep an eye out for ideas and happily share these. We really knew nothing much about Men’s Sheds when we started except that they existed and so one of our number thought if it was good enough for men to have a shed then it was good enough for us to have a Women’s Shed ! Not a very professional approach I feel but it was and still is, intended to be a no fuss, pleasant gathering for the ladies of our town.’
The Ladies’ Shed, Kempsey * kempseymensshed@gmail.com ,  Tuesday’s 10-2 in the Kempsey Men’s Shed, awaiting email response & other detail.
Sheila’s Shed, Tuncurry * FACEBOOK: 0481148029 LM, started 2017, creative art & craft group, awaiting email address & other detail.
Clarence River U3A Women’s Shed, 2016 *  Doreen Plyman, Group Leader and one of the founding members. 0423632404, ‘We began in mid 2012 with 6 women and now operate with a membership of approx. 60 women. We meet at the Men’s Shed in Townsend NSW every Friday from 0900 to 1500 and apart from 3 months closure from April till 24th June we have operated continuously. During covid 19 we have implemented the necessary restrictions placed upon us. When someone new joins us they are taught how to operate both wood and metalwork machinery and hand tools to enable them to safely exist in a workshop environment. On their first day they make their own toolbox. We have a male mentor to assist if necessary, currentcontact:  email t.d.plymin@optusnet.com.au4.The local U3A website cru3a.u3anet.org.au. ‘Our main aim is to provide a safe and friendly environment for women to learn new skills and socialise with their peers.   To join our Women’s Shed you need to be over 50 and not working full time as we come under U3A and must meet their membership criteria.’
Wyong Women’s Shed FACEBOOK, carryoncrafting@outlook.com , 0491769935, 48 Nerambi Rd, Buff Point, Shed President: Kim 0425259867 kimmoy1958@hotmail.com , awaiting email response.
Yeoval Women’s Shed * FACEBOOK, awaiting contacts, in association with ‘Yeoval and District Men’s Shed’ wozp@westnet.com.au  awaiting email response: Men’s Shed and Women’s Shed share the same building.
Inverell Women’s Cottage (Shed) * FACEBOOK, Lorraine Brown, lbrown@northnet.com.au 0447683134, awaiting email response.
SALT SkillWomen Shed,Quakers Hill, NSW SALT begun 2009, SALT Shed Launched Nov 2017 * qhshed@saltaustralia.org.au :  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/saltskillwomenshed Website  www.saltaustralia.org.au. Marti Fletcher runs the Shed in consultation with Fi Shewring and other volunteers  plus the SALT office. ‘Supporting And Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) began in 2009 and since 20012 has run a very unique mobile workshop which has travelled across Australia teaching mostly women and girls but boys and men as well. SALT
has taught thousands of people basic tool skills via the mobile SALT workshops which have been a huge success, but many people kept saying to us “But I want to learn more!”. When we began the mobile workshops in 2012, we contacted some Men’s Sheds to see if
we could use some space to provide a workshop on a regular basis. The response was not positive so we stayed completely mobile but the idea grew that we could easily run our own shed. Initially,
the biggest issue was finding a space which was ours for little cost. We followed a number of leads in Wollongong but nothing eventuated until I met Marti, an electrician from Blacktown. She ‘took the bit between her teeth’ and not only found a space but contacted Blacktown Council who were completely supportive. When we first gained access to what became the ‘SALT Shed’, it was in a sad condition. We cleaned, installed and built benches and Blacktown Council helped with some necessary repairs to the structure. The SALT Shed was launched in November 2017. One of the unique things about the SALT Shed is that it is run by tradeswomen from many different trades. Wehave since run many courses s such as the Basic Tool Skills course (which is the crux of the Mobile workshop)s but we have also run workshops on paving, using jigsaws and scroll saws as well as security in the home and many others. There is also ;Tinker Time; which is space and time each week for Shed members to bring in their own projects; the tradespeople support them with tool knowledge and safety. It has been quite extraordinary what has been achieved during these times from cutting down bar stools to match existing ones to creating very personal memorials to lost loved ones. Blacktown Council have been amazingly supportive of the Shed with SALT tradies giving their time voluntarily to staff and run it. Courses are run on a material cost and offer a great deal of support to people, whether it is just to learn basics to help themselves in their own home or to increase their skills in a range of tools. We have also connected with a number of other Sheds and provided the Basic Tool Skills Workshop to many of them on a regular basis. Membership of the SALT Shed is for a year and to join you need to book into a Basic Tool Skills Workshop and complete this first course. For a very small fee this gives you not only membership of the Shed for a year but also inducts you on how the Shed works, safety and how to use the basic tools. The Shed’s aims are SALTs aims, plus providing a space where people can learn and gain skills in a safe environment.

Queensland (7: 3 confirmed)

The Sheila’s Shack Inc., Nerang. 2013 0490815790, awaiting more detail.
Women’s Shed Townsville (Qld) 2019 Awaiting email contact, ‘to provide women with a similar experience as men’.
Charters Towers Women of the Outback Shed (Qld [first in Qld] 2015/ 2016* Drought stricken, outback community: Response:  ‘Part of, and represented in and by The Australian Men’s Shed Association and adhere to Covid 19 guidelines produced by the Queensland State Government and the Australian Federal Government.’
Toowoomba Women’s Shed (Qld) 2019*  Contact Jean Turner: 0488126282, jeantob136@hotmail.com . ‘Toowoomba Women’s Shed became a reality when the women who are part of it decided that we needed to work for helping our own community . We had been associated with Sewing For Charity Australia and all our handmade goods were being sent round Brisbane and down thru the eastern states. The core group have been meeting and sewing items for 4-5 years. but we became the Women’s Shed about a year ago (2019) .We now meet in a shed belonging to a church here in Toowoomba and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays but looking at that being extended to more days. We sew, talk, laugh and have a nurturing effect on our joint lives. Facebook is Toowoomba Women’s Shed . We aim to produce usable worthwhile items for needy people i.e. Aged care homes, school groups in lower socioeconomic areas hospitals, child care and wild life carers to name a few . We are basically in the age range 60-90. Some ladies come every week. Sometimes we deliver work to them and give their lives purpose that they are helping others. It was my dream and it is fulfilling for all of us and it is a joy to watch the new ones blossom and change in confidence and abilities as the time goes on.’
Harrisville Women’s Shed (Scenic Rim near Beaudesert) 2016 * Anglican Parish, awaiting email contact & other information.
The Gap She Shed, The Gap Nov 2019 * Private FACEBOOK (739 members created 6 Nov 2019), ‘ Supportive and caring; Helping to create community; enjoy learning, ideas & creativity; skill sharing across generations; have a laugh in a relaxed and safe environment; engage and make new friendships, diverse and exclusive. A FUN social group to bring together the Gap community of young women, retirees, new mum’s and everyone in between. To provide a platform for FRIENDSHIP, SKILL SHARING, COMPANY, LEARNING & CREATIVITY. Offering workshops, out-tings, informal social nights, special interest groups, talks and activities for women to share and enjoy; Sustainable Living, Health & Well-being, Pottery, Arts & Crafts, Basic Mechanics, Woodworking, First Aid, Financial Advising’ Awaiting contact details including email.
Coolum Women’s Shed (Qld) Opened  Dec 2018 (closed during COVID19 but very active online)* Building community amongst women of the Sunshine Coast. Open Tues & Thurs to all adult women: some evenings and weekend activities: currently approx. 300 members. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomensShed. Main Shed activities pilates, yoga & meditation, arts & crafts, vocal  & guitar groups, walking , gardening DIY. Shed Contact Nell Harvey or Monita Griffiths: coolumwomensshed@gmail.com , Web wwwthewomensshed.org . Currently hiring space from a Men’s Shed (26 Research Street, Coolum Beach Queensland 4573), looking for own space.

South Australia (2: 2 confirmed)

Playford Women’s Shed (Davoren Park, SA) Nov 2019* FACEBOOK,  Old Para West Adult Campus, Founder & Contact Raelene Wlochowicz 0409576003, trekkies2@outlook.com .  ‘I began trying to find where women could meet and share experiences and skills, make new friendships and remain active. Originally open only 3 days a week, now open Mon- Fri, 10am to 4pm. Committee meets once a month but to begin with we met once a fortnight as we began to set up all the underlying processes and procedures. We provide classes in a wide range of activities from cooking, crafts, art, gardening and woodwork. We have an OP [Opportunity] Shop for members and we provide emergency provisions (clothes, bedding and food) for domestic violence victims and homeless women and those that are struggling to make ends meet. Each day different women prepare a meal that has a small cost attached. We connected to a food distribution program and distribute to a number of other community programs and a local Primary school. We have just begun working with a local film maker who is helping us create a 15 minute film of our Shed and those who make up its members. This will be released next year at the annual SAGA Adelaide International Women’s Film Festival here in Adelaide.’
Ladies Shed (Elizabeth House, Christie Downs) 30 June 2014 * The ‘Woodwork Shed’ at Elizabeth House Positive Ageing Centre, 112 Elizabeth Road, Christie Downs, SA. was begun in 2002, now run by the City of Onkaparinga, including programs for people with acquired brain injury (Mon & Wed) and for frail older men, some of whom have memory loss (Tues & Thurs). On 30 June 2014 it began a Ladies Shed program. In 2020, Fridays is the Ladies Shed program day, when the ladies wear pink high vis vests. Contact person: Lui Di Venuto, Team Leader, Active Ageing and Disability Programs, Community Capacity (08) 8384 0090; 0414 600 752. mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au. ‘ It began with a group of women who had completed a furniture construction foundation course at the Christies Beach High School and then had nowhere to practice their skills and approached Elizabeth House for some support’.

Western Australia (5, none confirmed) see ‘Women’s Shed WA Network’ site on FACEBOOK

North Coastal Women’s Shed (Yanchep & The Rocks, WA)  * Women of all ages, fostering health and wellbeing: FACEBOOK  Contact Lyn Haast info@ncws.org.au  awaiting email response & other information.  0430647071,  Mon & Thurs 9-2, Jenolan Way Community Centre.
Rockingham Women’s Shed (WA) Being developed Feb 2020 * Kelly Clear, key proponent. kellyclear123@hotmail.com , awaiting email response & other information.
Perth Women’s Shed (Stirling, WA) Being considered 2019 The ‘Women Working with Wood Association’ currently operates from the Stirling Community Men’s Shed; 12 month pilot: Awaiting email contact.
Derby Women’s Shed Mooted 2020 Awaiting more detail.
Ellenbrook Women’s Shed(20 km NE of Perth. WA) Inaugural meeting June 2019, Under construction 2020 ‘Mission to Empower Women’: Awaiting email contact.

Victoria (13: 5 confirmed)

Women’s Shed Seymour (Vic) Open 1 June 2016* ‘Somewhere safe and warm for women to go, have a cuppa, chat and share skills’: Amanda 0431193204 mrsamanda.wood@gmail.com or Dale sheahans@bigpond.com 0408035741 open every Wed, Seymour Presbyterian Church Hall.
Women’s Shed of Victoria (Vic) 2016 Incorporated Association (13 May 2016) via Broadford Community Centre: Awaiting email contact , Twitter @womensshedvic
The Frankston Centre Women’s Shed  (Vic) Orwil Street Community House: Georgina Portelli Coordinator, Awaiting email contact
Women’s Sharing Shed (Torquay, Vic) 2016 * Active but closed during COVID ‘An inclusive, safe and welcoming environment where knowledge and ideas are respectfully shared’ wsst@torquaycommunityhouse.org au
Facebook @womenssharingshedtorquay. Phone  0421995684,  Kath Kidd (Founder & Coordinator). ‘The Womens Sharing Shed Torquay offers a place to meet other like minded women to share wisdom, experience and a cuppa. Women of all ages can come along to learn traditional and non traditional skills, perhaps work on their own project of their choosing, contribute to a shared project or maybe sit around the table and share stories, anecdotes and support each other. There is no pressure or expectations. Be who you want to be, just be. Workshops are regularly held off and on site as well as Shed members meeting every week at the Shed’.
Rupanyup and District Women’s Shed (Vic) NAME ONLY:  NOT OPEN www.rupanyupwomensshed.org.au: administratively relocated to Eagle Point, Gippsland. Not operating as a Women’s Shed in Rupanyup.
She Shedders, Emerald FACEBOOK, awaiting more info & email contact.
Healesville Women’s Shed * An ‘introduction to carpentry’, one term course of approx. 8-9 weeks offered in two big sheds with a trainer, through Healesville Living and Learning Centre,  jmccarthy@hllc.org.au
Lilydale Women’s Shed event only FACEBOOK, Mt Evelyn Community House , Nicky Condell, Manager: reception@mtevelynch.com.au , 03 97361177. ‘We ran the Lilydale Women’s Shed event as part of the Mt Evelyn Community House, a day to engage with women in our local community in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council. We don’t currently have an active Women’s Shed. However we do run many workshops and classes that women who had engaged on the day attend. We run a variety of classes including, art, craft, social group, women’s health workshops, colouring social group, Girls night in, International Women’s Day event, cooking workshops , Yoga and Tai Chi social groups on social media. We are still looking at ways to run a Women’s Shed in our community’.
The Women’s Shed, Mount Martha approx 2010* Merrilyn Wiley, Coordinator, wiley1@netspace.net.au , 03 59744072, ‘Time out for women of all ages’, ‘We started approximately 20 years ago in Mornington Victoria Australia. It was originally called ‘Kit Kat’, as the aim was to provide a time out for mums with pre-schoolers. This caused a problem as the name was already patented   We ran a competition among the women to come up with a name, that still represented our image, Hence The Woman’s Shed. Our image underwent a big change 10 years ago when we found mums of pre-schoolers had a lot of other options and we found more and more couple retiring down our way and the need changed to older women.  We are still going today. We meet every Wed from 9.30-1130am  in school term. Our program is planned for the whole term and includes speakers on relevant topics, crafts etc. We average about 20 woman each week, ages ranging from 50 – 90. One of our main aims is to offer friendship and a support system for our women that some. Also we try to get our speaker and workshops to deal with issues our women are facing.‘
The She Shed, Ocean Grove NOT ESTABLISHED FACEBOOK, Aim 2019  ‘Connect, learn, grow, share, heal, cry, laugh, be’. Not proceeded with or established.
Shepparton Women’s Shed Association: FACEBOOK, 03 58215770, awaiting email address & other detail
The Kookaburra Girls” Shed (Werribee) Werribee Community Shed FACEBOOK 03 87426448 LM, awaiting email address & other detail.
Castlemaine Women’s Shed FACEBOOK, an idea, late 2019, awaiting email address & other detail.
Beechworth Women’s Shed (Vic) Incorporated Association since 2017*  beechworthwomensshed@gmail.com . Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WomensShedBeechworth . Contact Margy Barwood, President: ‘We have struggled for recognition since our incorporation in Feb 2017. Our main problem is acquiring a public space to meet & work. For over 2 years I have given the members free space in my private garage. If our council for the Indigo Shire, Victoria was more supportive our Shed would grow 10 fold without doubt. Our local  Men’s Shed has their own space and receives ongoing support. Not so with our Women’s Shed. The men also refuse to allow us access to their space. We have our equipment, tools etc but no community space to invite new members. I find it difficult to receive complete strangers on my property for security reasons. The response for Council assistance to date has been ignored other than a very small shared space we tried for about 5 months. It did not work as we could not leave our equipment out. All of our furniture, tool boxes, fold up tables & consumables had to locked away after every workshop into a very tiny toilet & wash area that was not even big enough to get a wheel chair in. Our members are mainly seniors some with disabilities and this was beyond us. Rather than create conflict in our small town we moved everything out of the 1950’s building and carted it all to my private garage. My driveway is very steep so it is not age friendly. This has worked as a temporary solution but we are on the look out for a more suitable space.Whilst it is our desire to grow our Association we now have to be realistic to each other and ask if it is worth continuing.’ Original aim ‘Up cycle, DIY & creative projects designed to foster kinship with local women for social fulfilment. BWS promotes self-dependence, confidence and resilience within our rapidly changing environment’.

Tasmania (1)

Central Coast Community Shed: Ladies Group (Ulverstone) * FACEBOOK, Tues 1-3, Melissa Budgeon 03 94298959,  awaiting email address & other detail

Table 2: Ireland (23: reportedly as many as 33 in January 2020: )

Name of Shed (County) Established Publicly available information
Beara Women’s Shed (Allihies, West Cork) 2018* FACEBOOK, ‘Place for women in the Beara region to socialize, chat and share their skills in a supportive environment’. active 2020: Awaiting email response #
Midleton Women’s Shed (Cork) 2019 FACEBOOK In Midleton Community Garden:  +353 89 2350238, magda.rydzanicz@gmail.com , ‘safe friendly place where ladies can enjoy great company while learning new skills’
Ennis Women’s Shed (Clare) 2014 FACEBOOK ‘Fifth in the world, 1st in Europe’, closed in 2017, ‘ask not want you can do for your shed, but what your shed can do for you’.
Castlebar Women’s Shed(Mayo) 2016* FACEBOOK: At Le Cheile Family Resource Centre; active to 2020, meets Mon & Wed: castlebarwomensshed@gmail.com , +353 85 7296458.
Oasis Breffni Women’s Shed (Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim) * Meets once a month based out of the Breffni Family Resource Centre
New Ross Women’s Shed (Wexford) 2016 FACEBOOK: closed in 2017
Greencastle Community Women’s Shed (Donegal) Funded 2019 Awaiting email contact
Rosses Women’s Shed / Sciobol Ban na Rosann (Donegal) Funded 2019 Active to 2020, Awaiting email address
Inver Women’s Shed Project (Mayo) Awaiting email contact, Ann Conway contact person,
Tomhaggard Women’s Shed (Wexford) 2016, Funded Jan 2020* FACEBOOK, Meet Monday 10am-1pm in the old schoolhouse: Awaiting email contact
Women’s Shed Cooley (Louth) 2015 now CLOSED FACEBOOK On the Cooley Peninsua, Cooley Sports Complex, Coffeys Tuesdays 7.30pm, no longer operating
Third Space Galway Women’s Shed (Galway) 2019 likely in staggered occupancy with Cró na bhFear Maighcuilinn  {Men’s Shed], received funding 2019
Strokestown Women’s Shed d( Roscommon); 2018 Highly active to 2020, Tuesdays 2pm. Awaiting contact and email address.
Edenderry Women’s Shed(Offaly) 2016* FACEBOOK, to be part of a group to share and learn crafts, art. DIY, personal development, Meets Fridays, active to 2020, awaiting email address & more information.
Dunboyne Women’s Shed (Meath) FACEBOOK, Awaiting email contact & more information. ‘to rekindle friendships, spark up new ones and there might be a cup of tea thrown in for good measure’.
Deise Women’s Shed (Dungarven, Waterford) 2019* ‘180 women, the biggest such group in the country’, ‘set up to combat rural and social isolation’: Awaiting email contact & more information.
Ballina Women’s Heritage Shed (Mayo) FACEBOOK, Providing a welcome and positive environment for women to meet and connect: ballinawomensshed@gmail.com , +353 85 2732551, Awaiting email response & More information.
Women’s Shed Belleek * FACEBOOK, meets several times a week in Belleek Community Centre. ‘when women support each other incredible things happen’. _44 28 68659799 . Ladies 18+ meet Monday 7.30-9 at Belleeek Community Centre to participate in various activities, drink tea, eat cake, learn new skills and have a laugh. Awaiting email address and more information.
Drumlish Balinamuck Women’s Shed (Longford). FACEBOOK, Awaiting email address and more information.
Dublin’s First Women’s Shed Open 2014 .closed 2015 Awaiting email address and more information.
Rosslare Women’s Shed closed Commenced mid 2010s, Now Closed Awaiting email address and more information.
The Hen’s Shed, Kircubben, County Down, NI FACEBOOK
 Kilcommon Women’s Shed  www.teachgreannai.ie/page9.html seirbhisicuram@gmail.com

Table 3: UK (25: 7 confirmed)

Name of Shed (Location) Established (*Open) Publicly available information
Bellshill Women’s Shed (Uddingston, Glasgow, Scotland) 2018* Women’s DIY Workshop, Co-hosted by Bellshill Men’s Shed. FACEBOOK bellshillwomensshed@gmail.com  , +44 7851 932293, Awaiting email response & more information, Wed & Fri 11.30-2.30pm.
Whitby Women’s Shed (The She Shed) (North Yorkshire, England) Opened Dec 2017* www.whitby-womens-shed.org.uk, offshoot of SAMS Men’s Shed in Littlebeck whitbyareasheds@gmail.com Awaiting email contact & more information.
Sheffield She Shed (South Yorkshire, England) Open Tues & Wed 11-4, same details as below for She Shed Association.
She Shed Association:


Barnsley She Shed (Open Fri 10-1)

Launched 8 March 2017. (International Women’s Day) Open before COVID19** www.sheshed.org; Targeting older women. Used as a  women’s ‘maker place case study’ by Dr Busayawan Lam of Brunel University. Post about opening: https://www.sheshed.org.uk/post/158116317149 . Contact: Sandra sandra@inclusioninaction.org . The She Shed is a larger communal version of the typical shed in a garden. A place where women feel at home and pursue practical interests in company, with a high degree of autonomy. Hobbies shape women’s personalities, energise, inspire and connect them with other like-minded women. Expressing one’s creativity often ends up giving life its meaning. For women, there also seems to be a universal desire to express creativity. Women have an insatiable desire to shape order from chaos & to create things that never existed before. They want to produce magic with paints, wool & glass or create beauty with words and music.The She Shed Association is a communal place of skill-sharing & informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement & social interaction. It is a place of leisure, where women come together to engage in enjoyable activities. This avoids the challenges created by the sense of loneliness that affects especially older people who have been active all their lives & find it difficult to create new relationships in a world which is changing so quickly. Very strong association with the Barnsley Men’s Shed and Sheffield Men’s Shed, sharing the woodwork workshop facilities in Barnsley. The Sheds have  funding from the National Lottery Covid19 fund to pilot remote livestreaming of workshops. Also to purchase Facebook Portals to give out to Shedders, so they can participate remotely. The pilot started July 2020 and is due to be completed by Dec 2020. A SHED LIVESTREAMING DIARY will be available on the www.barnsleymensshed.org   website as well as on the www.sheshed.org.uk  linked to the main www.inclusioninaction.org  website.
Horndean Ladies Shed (Waterlooville, Hampshire, England) Carol Smith, Contact person, 02392597114, Awaiting email response and more information.
Moss Side Women’s Shed (Manchester) Open, suspended die to COVID19* The Boiler House, funded by ‘Ambition for Ageing’ www.boilerhouse.org,  15 members, Woodwork & furniture restoration, Open Thurs 12.30-2.30pm: info@boilerhouse.org. Shed Contact: Emily Corner emily@sowthecity.org ‘Brings women together to learn & share new practical skills, empower & build confidence. Sessions focus mainly on woodwork & furniture restoration, but participants are free to bring their own interests & ideas to the group. Open to all – based in diverse Moss Side area. As only women attending, this encourages participation of women from many cultural and BAME [Black, Asian & Monority Ethnic] backgrounds.A Men’s Shed began on the site first: calls for a women’s equivalent encouraged  women to open a  Women’s Shed. ‘Our Women’s and Men’s Sheds are run by an experienced trainer, teaching practical skills, tool use and tool safety. We are able to support the continuation of the group through various grant funding.’
Colwyn Bay She-Shed (Conwy, Wales) 9 Jan 2018* At the same location as the local Men’s Shed; use the Men’s Shed rooms and lathes etc on a Monday evening, Thursday morning 2-3 Men’s Shed members teach how to use the equipment and make items safely. Thursday evenings are a new venture of joint usage; about 15 regular members, varying because of holidays, illness & work commitments; July 2020 in shutdown, but keeping in contact via technology. Ann Williams, Chairperson: anddandjohnwill@yahoo.co.uk
MissPlaces – Women’s Shed (Wigan, England) * ‘Supporting women across Wigan Borough to be entrepreneurial and develop new skills’ Amanda Robinson, Director,  amandarobinson67@live.co.uk  07738114389 Awaiting email response & more information.
The Sheds (Paisley, Scotland)* Oct 2015 Janice MacNamara, Janice_MacNamara@shelter.org.uk  reported in July 2020 that ‘the Women’s Shed is run out of Foxbar Youth Centre, Findhorn Avenue Paisley. The Men’s Shed had been running since Oct 2015, the Women’s Shed started as result of how well the Men’s Shed was doing & an identified need in the community. On 6 Feb 2020 the men’s & women’s sheds became “The Sheds”, still meeting on separate days, Mondays for men and Thursday for women although they will be involved together at times, e.g. for community events, skill sharing and learning, running of children’s summer camp and yearly Christmas parties. They have a constitution, a bank account and formed their own board of trustees and committee. As of February 2021 they will be applying for funding under The Sheds and will be self sufficient. During Covid19 The Sheds stopped meeting but have a weekly zoom meeting; also formed a Facebook page (The Sheds Foxbar) holding interesting conversations, sharing knowledge, learn and supporting each other. All men and women from Renfrewshire over 16 years can attend The Sheds, it is free to attend, tea, coffee &  lunch provided along with a welcoming smile. Men Shed Monday 11-3.30;  Women Shed Thursday 11- 3.’ Walking group, every first Saturday of the month. Allotment members can attend anytime’.
Aspire Ryde (Isle of Wight, England) *  Woodwork, Women only Fri 1-4, info@aspireryde.org.uk Awaiting email contact & more information.
Gerald’s Room Diss Shed (Duiss, South Norfolk) Open 2018 Adrian Roy reported in July 2020 that the Diss Shed ‘had a group of women who were very keen to upcycle furniture and work on mainly wood related projects. They asked to use our facilities. The group ran for around two years on a Thursday morning. They enjoyed upcycling the furniture running alongside our sister project – a furniture bank, and worked on projects such as wooden toys, jigsaw puzzles, Christmas tree decorations etc. The main leader of the group had to step down due to ill health and the group stopped meeting around two years ago’.
Women’s Shed / Group (Swansea, South Wales) Awaiting email contact & more information.
Bolton Women in Sheds Project (Manchester, England) FACEBOOK. Awaiting email contact & more information.
Cockermouth Women in Sheds (Cumbria, England) Project Cumbria, England, FACEBOOK, info@ageukwestcumbria.org.uk , Awaiting email contact & more information.
Hartford Women in Sheds Project, Norwich, England www.ageuk.org.uk/cheshire/activities-and-events/women-in-sheds , Email: amandahodgkinson@ageukcheshire.org.uk  awaiting email response & more information.
Leeds Women in Sheds Project, West Yorkshire, England www.blackhealthinitiative.org/women-in-sheds , Bil@bhileeds.org.uk, Awaiting email contact & more information.
Penge Women in Sheds Project, Bromley, England via AgeUK, Awaiting email contact & more information.
Tunbridge Wells Women’s Shed, Kent, England FACEBOOK, www.khwp.org.uk/ways2wellbeing/sherwod-shed, Awaiting email contact & more information.
Whaplode She Shed, Lincolnshire, England, Pam 07376060440, Awaiting email contact & more information.
Bromley & Greenwich Women’s Shed 2018 Open Thursday. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bromleyandgreenwich/activities-and-events/men-in-sheds/   Women in Sheds is a pilot initiative which started in 2018.  Women over 50 are welcome to attend and learn woodworking.  Planned activities include recycling second-hand materials into gardening containers, trugs, bird tables and boxes.  Volunteers with an interest or experience in any of the following are welcome: sourcing recyclable items, woodwork, design, marketing or IT skills. Awaiting email contact & more information.
Woolwich Women’s Shed Open Tuesday. awaiting email contact & more information.
Women’s Shed Porth (Wales) https://www.facebook.com/pg/Womens-Shed-Porth-334379136686341/posts/?ref=page_internal , awaiting email contact & more information.
Biggin Hill Independent Shed, Women in Sheds Women in Sheds is available on a Friday Awaiting email contact & more information.
Frome Women’s Shed (Somerset, England) Public meeting Aril 2018, open 2020* FACEBOOK,  ‘Offshoot of the Frome Men’s Shed’. Monday from 1pm. women@fromeshed.org.uk , Awaiting email response, 07500061624, ‘A place for women to meet, make things, share skills and make friends.’
Rhyl Women’s Shed (Rhyl, Wales) *Jan 2019 Simon Poole reported in July 2020 that it is ‘an offshoot from Rhyl Men’s Shed, who early in 2020 took on the lease of a derelict pub in the middle of the town not a functioning pub) and converted it into a community Hub, hosting the Men’s Shed two days a week, the Women’s Shed one day and a youth group (much needed) two evenings.’

Table 4: New Zealand (3:  2 confirmed)

Name of Shed (Location) Established Publicly available information
The Sheila’s Shed, Kawerau (Bay of Plenty) 2017 FACEBOOK, 10 Aug 2017, Founders Tracey & Anne ‘believe the disposable economy we live in can’t sustain itself and want the Sheilas’ Shed to be not only a creative hub, but also a place where people can learn to make life easier for themselves by learning new skills. Was operating from the founders’ homes, a funding application had been submitted and, if successful, would allow the Sheila’s Shed to set up shop in Kawerau’s old Post Office building’. Had open day March 2018 at  2  Ranfurly Court (old PO), Awaiting email contact.
DIY Shed Rotorua 7-11 Dinsdale Street, Mangakakahi, Rotorua 3015 [Originally established as ‘Women’s Shed Rotorua’], 2017; Proposed start of ‘DIY Shed Rotorua,’ 23 Jan 2021
Formerly known as ‘Women’s Shed Rotorua’, but moved away from using ‘Women’ in the name because of unhelpful comparisons that can be made between ‘Women’s Sheds’ and ‘Men’s Sheds. Set up by DIY Shed Aotearoa Charitable Trust: a national body whose primary role is to support building sheds to serve their communities well.” Contact – Jocelyn Jacobs (Founder & Chairperson)
Website details are coming.
DIY Shed, Tauranga Proposed Start, 13 February 2021 Proposed second Shed established by DIY Shed Aotearoa Charitable Trust, see above: details to be confirmed. Contact -Jocelyn Jacobs (Founder & Chairperson), diybop@gmail.com
Website details are coming.
Castlebar Women’s Shed (Mayo) 2016* FACEBOOK: At Le Cheile Family Resource Centre; active to 2020, meets Mon & Wed: castlebarwomensshed@gmail.com, +353 85 7296458.
Oasis Breffni Women’s Shed Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim) * Meets once a month based out of the Breffni Family Resource Centre
New Ross Women’s Shed (Wexford) 2016 FACEBOOK:closed in 2017
Greencastle Community Women’s Shed (Donegal) Funded 2019 Awaiting email contact
Rosses Women’s Shed / Sciobol Ban na Rosann (Donegal) Funded 2019 Active to 2020, Awaiting email address
Inver Women’s Shed Project (Mayo) Awaiting email contact, Ann Conway contact person,
Tomhaggard Women’s Shed (Wexford) 2016, Funded Jan 2020* FACEBOOK, Meet Monday 10am-1pm in the old schoolhouse: Awaiting email contact
Women’s Shed Cooley (Louth) 2015 FACEBOOK On the Cooley Peninsua, Cooley Sports Complex, Coffeys Tuesdays 7.30pm, no longer operating
Third Space Galway Women’s Shed (Galway) 2019 likely in staggered occupancy with Cró na bhFear Maighcuilinn  {Men’s Shed], received funding 2019
Strokestown Women’s Shed (Roscommon); started 2018, highly active to 2020, Tuesdays 2pm. Awaiting contact and email address.
Edenderry Women’s Shed (Offaly) 2016* FACEBOOK, to be part of a group to share and learn crafts, art. DIY, personal development, Meets Fridays, active to 2020, awaiting contact and email address
Dunboyne Women’s Shed (Meath) FACEBOOK, Awaiting email contact. ‘to rekindled friendships, spark up new ones and there might be a cup of tea thrown in for good measure’.
Deise Women’s Shed (Dungarven, Waterford) 2019* ‘180 women, the biggest such group in the country’, ‘set up to combat rural and social isolaton’: Awaiting email contact.

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