The Men’s Shed movement started in Australia, many years ago, with the objective of giving retired men a place to meet and have some social contact with similar men, while doing something productive for the Community, or for themselves. In Australia it is fully funded by their Health Service: in the UK the units need charity funding.
Nevertheless there are over 500 “Men’s Sheds” already open in the UK, and the number grows by about 2 a week. Some do metalwork and machining, some do woodwork and scenery building, some are just for women! Most of these are supported in some way by their local Councils, and it is reported that 50% of the UK Sheds are being housed or built on Council-owned land.