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Build A Man Shed for vulnerable men

Funded on Spacehive 5 August 2019

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Build A Man Shed for vulnerable men

Build A Man Shed for vulnerable men

The Fircroft Trust By The Fircroft Trust

Our Man Shed will reach out to men in our community who are experiencing mental health issues or who at risk of developing mental health issues due to social isolation and loneliness.

Surbiton Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 05 Aug 2019!

We are going to build a Man Shed at our mental health resource centre in Surbiton. Our Man Shed will support good mental health, by helping men feel good about themselves, by being productive, feeling valuable, making friends and keeping the mind and body active. It will be a friendly, safe, welcoming meeting place, where men can come together to find meaning, purpose, friendship and belonging. It will help reduce loneliness and isolation but most importantly it will be fun. It will be a place where men can share their skills and knowledge with others, learn a new skill or redevelop skills they already have. It will make them feel valued. It will be a safe and busy environment but without pressure. Our Man Shedders will each decide what they want to make, upcycle, repair or refurbish. Most of the tools have been donated we need funding for a new floor, outside decked area and lockable storage . It will be open 2 days a week initially on a Monday and Thursday between 10am-3pm.

What we'll deliver:

  • Put a new floor in existing building
  • Buy new work benches
  • Build outside decked work area
  • Buy awning for outside decked

Why it's a great idea:

Suicide is the most common cause of death for men under 49 years in England and Wales and men are three times as likely to commit suicide as women. Men are less likely to seek help for their mental health issues and are at more risk of social isolation than women as they tend to make friends less easily than women and don't take part in as many social groups. More than one in 10 men are lonely but would not admit it. Our Man Shed can't promise to solve all of that but what we can promise is to provide a safe place where men will be at less risk of social isolation, where they can make friends, feel valued and reduce their risk of developing mental health issues. Men with existing mental health issues will have the support not just of other shedders but of our team here at our mental health resource centre. We hope some will gain the skills and experience needed to become volunteers themselves or to find paid employment should they seek it.

Steps to get it done:

  • Lay flooring in the Man Shed
  • Source benches
  • Clear wasteland area
  • Deck wasteland area
  • Open Man Shed in June

Our project will have a very low environmental impact. The Man Shed will reuse, recycle, upcycle and mend. It is using an existing building and an area of wasteland will be transformed into an attractive decked work area using recycled timber.


Location Surbiton

About the space

Custom Location


Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

How will the money be spent?Total £5,671

Lay flooring - £2,268 (40%)
Tools - £1,500 (26%)
Tool box, divider, lock set, toolbag - £307 (5%)
Tools - £300 (5%)
Workbench with drawers x 1 - £275 (5%)
Tools - £200 (4%)
Wooden Workbench x 1 - £180 (3%)
Simple work bench x 2 - £180 (3%)
Workbench stool x 4 - £173 (3%)
Folding Saw horse x 2 - £72 (1%)
Other - £217 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Lay flooring
Tool box, divider, lock set, toolbag
Workbench with drawers x 1
Wooden Workbench x 1
Simple work bench x 2
Workbench stool x 4
Folding Saw horse x 2
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We want to clear an area of wasteland to make an outside working space for our Man Shedders. This would involve clearing the site, skip hire, some earth removal and purchase and laying of decking. We are awating quotes for this, and some of it we think our Man Shedders could do but the rest we estimate will cost a minimum of £1,500

Total £5,671

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