Following the Government’s advice, The Henfield Shed will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice.
The Henfield Shed is a new local registered community charity located in the village. We are also a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association.
This Community initiative builds from the success of the world-wide Sheds movement which was established to address exclusion and isolation amongst older men. We want the Henfield Shed to make a positive difference to the local community by helping prevent loneliness and isolation amongst all local adults at risk, including people with dementia and those with mental health conditions such as depression. We believe the creative activities in the Shed and the supportive camaraderie of other Shed users will benefit these groups.
We are also aware of the evidence from research in the UK which shows that active involvement in community projects can help prevent loneliness and isolation amongst the elderly. We believe the development of the Henfield Shed will provide the community with a local solution for loneliness and isolation. The local GP’s from the Henfield Medical Centre share this view and are supporting the project.
Since a team of four local residents was formed to drive the project forward, the development of the Shed has gathered pace and we now have ‘our’ first home having been offered a lease on the Stokes’ garage which is located just off the High Street. This location is a temporary arrangement while we seek a permanent location in the village.
We have formed a user group of interested “shedders” from within the local community and they told us what they would like to do in the Shed. Using this data we have built an interior specification for our first home.
If you are interested in learning more on the project please visit our website or email the Shed secretary Peter Gumbrell.