Making and Mending in Muirhouse
The Shed is a place where people can come to either make stuff or mend stuff. We have a fine array of tools you can use on site and a good selection of wood which you are welcome to help yourself to, to enable you build whatever it is that you wish to make. Staff are on hand to support you make what you want to make.
What is a Community Shed?
The primary focus of the shed is to reuse wood, furniture, tools, etc so as to reduce climate change. Each year in Scotland we throw away tons of stuff into landfill, including wood and furniture, that could be recycled, reused, mended or made in something completely different. The Community Shed will do it’s bit to reduce this waste and convert it into useful and beautiful things. We will also inform local people about climate change and what they can do to minimise their own impact.
The Shed is similar to Men’s Shed movement which is gaining popularity across Scotland at the moment. We are, however, open to both men and women.
Why develop a Community Shed?
Local people involved in both North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up said ‘We want a community shed’. North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up listened and worked together with community members to apply for funds to start a community shed. We were successful in getting funding from the Climate Change Fund for this project. The Shed is therefore a great example of community development in action. People in the community identified a need and collectively professionals and community members came together, identified a potential funder, applied for the money, got the money, found premises, found tools, and wood etc. It proves that when we work together we can achieve great things.
Who can use it?
The shed is open to anyone aged 16 or over from the North Edinburgh community. The Shed is free to use and refreshments will be available at each session.
The Shed operates a first come first served drop in system and we can accommodate a maximum of 10 at any one time. This may be reduced if we have people who are wheelchair users are in the shed.
If you would like to come to the shed but have childcare needs, please let us know a few days in advance so we can organise crèche facilities for you.
Where is the Shed?
The Shed is located in the old Co-Op building and can be accessed from the rear car park. We have a ramp for wheelchair users.
Tuesday 10:00am - 12:00pm / 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Wednesday 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm / 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Please note The Shed will be closed for lunch between 12:00pm - 12.30pm
Third Saturday of the month: Drop in session 10:00am - 1:00pm
Free Training Sessions
First Saturday of every month 10:00am - 1:00pm
More details about upcoming sessions are coming soon!
Do you run a community group who are looking for productive things to engage in? If so then you might be able to book a regular slot in the shed. Contact Rik to discuss your needs. Alternatively if you are a community group who wants something built then please contact us and we can try and arrange this for you. Examples of requests already received include planters for a community garden and a noticeboard for a community kitchen.
Wanted: Can you Help?
Tools, Furniture, Reusable Wood, Fabric
Do you have any tools which you don’t use that you can donate them to The Shed. We are always on the look out for new woodworking tools to help us build beautiful things.
We also need wood, furniture and fabrics so if you have any of these which you don’t need you can donate them to the shed and know that they will be put to good use in North Edinburgh.
Tradespeople to train us
We are looking for local people who have skills to come and share them with the community. Have you got joinery or carpentry skills, can you work with metal, can you throw pots, etc, if so come and get involved and pass on your skills to enthusiastic local people.
More Permanent Accommodation
We are currently based in the old Co-Op building on Pennywell Road but this is not ideal for us. We are therefore looking for suitable and permanent accommodation and so if you are aware of buildings or land which we could use for the shed then please do contact us – we would love to hear from you.
Do you need something repaired or built?
Finally if you live in North Edinburgh and you need / want something which the shed could repair or build for you please contact us to discuss your needs. Keep checking in with us to see what useful and beautiful things the shed is making – we will post pictures here.
Drop-in, all levels of experience welcome.
In the meantime if you want to find out more then please contact Rik at North Edinburgh Arts on 0131 315 2151, or email email@example.com.