We are pleased to announce that Axminster Tools will be the title sponsor of ShedFest 2022; the UK Men's Sheds Association's annual celebration of Men's Sheds and Shedders across the UK. This year the exhibition is expanding to include demonstrations of skills for shedders. Axminster Tools are thrilled to be at ShedFest live and in person, getting creative with our resident experts and highly skilled woodworkers.

Men's health and wellbeing

UKMSA work hard to inspire and support the development of as many Men’s Sheds as possible, for the benefit of men’s health and wellbeing. According to the Mental Health Foundation, around one in eight men in England has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive compulsive order (OCD). It's hard to know if these figures truly represent what's happening when so many cases may go undiagnosed. At Axminster Tools, we understand the importance of making for mental health. Therefore we’re committed to supporting organisations who encourage woodworking in community spaces. In short, it's why we've partnered with UKMSA for a number of years.

We do what we do to create a sustainable future for Axminster Tools and the communities we care for and are a part of. We’ve seen first-hand the many benefits of making and being creative, including better health and wellbeing. Our teams are built from industry professionals, craftspeople and passionate woodworkers who work hard to provide knowledge and insights to support the future of woodworking; creating and nurturing a place to share our passion for making, and in turn helping to improve mental health across the nation. We actively seek to support organisations that encourage woodworking in community spaces. It’s why we’re delighted to sponsor ShedFest 2022.

Alan Styles (Managing Director, Axminster Tools)

ShedFest 2022

More than 450 Shedders are expected to attend ShedFest. Shedders can expect a host of partner organisations from across the craft, DIY and Health & Well-being sectors. Activities are aimed at helping Sheds to be able to deliver engaging projects and support members with their mental health.

We’re grateful to Axminster Tools for further cementing their status as one of our major partners by taking on the title sponsorship of ShedFest. As our flagship annual event, this is a great opportunity for us to meet up with our members. To find out how they are dealing with the challenges that we have all faced over the last two years. Also, to learn how we can help them to continue their work in the future. Combatting loneliness, depression and providing engaging environments to support the well-being of men across the UK is one of the main aims of the Shed movement and we’re delighted to be able to deliver this event in partnership with Axminster Tools.

David Meli (Partnerships & Community Development Manager, UKMSA)

Book your free tickets now!

To book your ShedFest 2022 tickets, find your nearest shed or to learn more about starting a new shed visit menssheds.org.uk