The idea of opening a Men's Shed within Springburn Park was surveyed at the community open event in June 2018, thereafter 18 men signed up and formed a steering group. Following several meetings the group was formally constituted in August 2018 and office bearers appointed. This group of men worked hard over the next few months repairing and preparing the large Nissen shed so as to be ready to open sometime in January 2019. On the 14th January 2019 The Springburn Park Men's Shed became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC048953) and opened it's doors to members on 15th January 2019.
The purpose of the organisation is to provide recreational facilities and advance the social needs, health and well being of men of all ages and backgrounds living in Springburn and surrounding areas. By;
a) Creating, developing and maintaining a facility, namely a Men's Shed
b) Offering opportunities for men in the area to meet and undertake creative, physical, purposeful and recreational activities of their choice.
c) Reducing isolation of men in the area thus contributing to their physical and mental well being.
d) Developing the capacity of men in the area to share their skills and knowledge with others in the community.
Aside the obvious health benefits that the Men's Shed can offer, it is also a place for men to meet other likeminded guys with similar interests and to engage in a range of activities that will enlarge their circle of friends and improve their quality of life.
Our Men's Shed Trustees are a dedicated group of local people with a breadth of experience across all sectors of industry. During our first year of operation our Trustees have undertaken extensive management committee and board training including governance, financial controls, community engagement, fundraising, monitoring & evaluation, polices & procedures and roles and responsibilities, we are currently working on a 3 year business plan.
We have woodworking & metalworking workshop's, cookery classes, book-swap, a music and reading area and a social dining area. We are open to any new ideas so if you have a good idea, try us!
We have several projects on the go at the moment including an 'Eco-friendly local Handyman Service' consisting of an electric cargo bike and cordless electric gardening equipment and tools. We are currently looking into using solar power to recharge the cargo vehicles and equipment making it entirely 'Green'.