The story of LADS West
So firstly “What is a MEN’S SHED?”
Well, the concept started in Australia in the ‘90s and took off worldwide. Essentially Men’s Sheds are community workshops for members to ‘connect, converse and create’. The creative activities are often like those that take place in garden sheds, but for groups of mainly retired men to enjoy together. [We are delighted to say however that we do have one female and one junior member!]. Men’s sheds have been proven to help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun! Currently there are 425 active sheds in the UK with a further 105 in development with a membership of over 10,000 under the stewardship of the UK Men’s Sheds Association menssheds.org.uk
Littlehampton & District Men’s Shed West was established in January 2016. The workshop is based in a shed in the Arun shipyard. When we took the facility on it was in need of a lot of repair and renovation. Members worked tirelessly to create a mezzanine floor, installing power and lighting as well as building benching and racking for equipment. The workshop is always evolving as more equipment is donated. It currently has around twenty members who attend weekly to work on a range of projects. These can be viewed in the Gallery or Community projects sections of this website.
Please click on the arrow below to view the You Tube clip below that shows the evolution of our Shed. The video was sponsored and put together by Triton Tools.
We meet at: Unit 6, Arun Shipyard, Rope Walk, Littlehampton BN17 5DH
We are open: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 09.00 to 13.00
Please feel free to pop in and see us on any of these days to see what we do, have a coffee, buy something or enquire about being a member. Or for enquiring about membership direct see or Contact page.
Look out for our Men’s Shed West ‘pop up’ shops in the Littlehampton/Rustington area during 2019 as well as the Summer and Christmas Fayres in Rustington.