One of the keys to developing a Men’s Shed is the availability of a low cost space for the workshop. On the other had one of the problems for the owner of a building particularly a historic building is to find someone to occupy and look after a building.
This is where there can be a win win and there are number examples of this in Yorkshire.
Resurrection Bikes a Shed which specialises in the refurbishment of bikes is based in a church basement in Harrogate. When the group moved in it was damp plaster was falling off the walls and ceilings and there was poor access. Now only a few years later it is a busy workshop and the basement is now a bright and dry workshop with improved access paid for by the grants the group has been able to attract.
Similarly Denby Dale Men’s Shed is based in the former coal store for a steam engine at a former mill.
With help of donations of paint, tools and equipment this has also been turned in a splendid engineering workshop.
In Northallerton and Skipton the Men’s sheds occupy closed school buildings made available by North Yorkshire County Council.
Meanwhile other Sheds in Yorkshire are in the process of discussing with property owners the use of other building. However sheds in Grassington and Pateley Bridge are still on the lookout for suitable premises.