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What are Community Workshops?

They are community spaces for people to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of people to enjoy together. Typically, it’s a bit of woodwork or metalwork using the appropriate tools in a safe environment.

They are about having fun, sharing skills and knowledge with like-minded people and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. They can help reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness, they allow people to deal with mental health challenges more easily and remain independent, they rebuild communities and, in some cases, they can save people’s lives.

The Vision of Horsforth Shed

We seek to serve the needs of the community by reducing social isolation and supporting vulnerable people. We have been engaging with those already known to us locally, these individuals, male and female range from 13 to 80 in age. But we envisage this will expand drawing in others from across the City. We have also been supporting the Lighthouse Community and St George’s Crypt, who help individuals who have been battered and bruised by the storms of life. 

Our ever increasing team of 5 Shed Supervisors includes 4 ex-High School Design & Technology Teachers. All members of the team are personable, inclusive, encouraging practitioners who are sensitive and experienced in working with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

If you are interested in accessing our services either for yourself or others in your care, please email our Shed Manager Richard Hamlin horsforthshed@gmail.com