Men’s Sheds

Men’s Sheds groups originated in Australia to tackle loneliness and isolation experienced by older men. The movement has since spread to places around the world, including here in Wales. A Men’s Shed is a place for men to think, invent and make things and be part of a unique group with a sense of belonging.

The activities that take place in the sheds – such as wood work, music lessons, cookery lessons, gardening, model making and art – depend on the interests and skills of the group.

Locally, there is a Men’s Shed practical group in Maesteg and a Squirrel’s Nest workshop in Tondu, with the hope of more groups popping up soon.

To find out more about these groups, pop in or contact them using the information below:

Squirrel’s Nest

Unit 40, Tondu Enterprise centre, Bryn Road, Tondu, CF38 9BS. 01656 729625. Open Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm.

Shed Quarters practical group for men

The Court House, 4 Station Street, Maesteg, CF34 9AL. Thursdays 11.30am – 1.30pm, lunch provided (£2 donation).

To search for groups in Wales, or for advice on setting up a new Men’s Shed group, visit

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