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Sheds, Mens’, Women’s

  • 20-11-2023 9:32pm
    Registered Users Posts: 20,110 ✭✭✭✭

    I’m all on for the Sheds, and I’m shre men and women enjoy their own company, but I, as a woman, thoroughly love men’s company, and occupations more typically enjoyed by men. I’m quite sure it halkebdcthe other way around and is more widespread than I know.,

    Righteous Television Events is an ace broadcasting organisation; we’ll not be hearing counter opinion, d’jya hear me?



  • Registered Users Posts: 20,110 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    There are already women’s’ sheds I believe, have seen on Nationwide. Yes, indeed I have done a few contributions to local men’s sheds as I appreciate the good they can do, and I really approve of those bonding and interactive opportunities.

    Righteous Television Events is an ace broadcasting organisation; we’ll not be hearing counter opinion, d’jya hear me?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,996 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    If there was a mixed shed I'd join. So hard to meet women who are into that sort of stuff

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,339 ✭✭✭Padre_Pio

    Fairly sure men's sheds are geared towards retirees.

  • Registered Users Posts: 96 ✭✭tikka16751

    They are cliquey, I see they are looking for members now though. They are reaping what they have sown.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,996 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    I know a place where they were trying to set one up and they wanted someone to donate land for the shed to be built on

    Then they wanted a grant for some contractors to come in and build the shed, with proper toilets, insurance and other facilities.

    None of the lads involved had any ideas for projects once the shed was finished

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,743 ✭✭✭✭Purple Mountain

    I don't see anything wrong with them being advertised as men only.

    There are ICA groups for women only and active retirement groups that mixes both genders.

    I get what you're saying about some women who would like the projects undertaken at the sheds.

    Perhaps then suggest if the Men's Shed would like to give a worksop at a group you are a member of?

    To thine own self be true

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  • Registered Users Posts: 22,871 ✭✭✭✭One eyed Jack

    Can’t for the life of me make out this word in the opening post, I’m pretty sure it’s important- ‘halkebdcthe’…

    Aaanyway, what do you call a men’s shed with women in it? A community group! That’s really the essential difference between them OP. I went to a few when the idea was trending about 20 years ago and they were a thing post-recession with a lot of men retired and unemployed - I just found the atmosphere a bit over-contrived tbh. They’re really not a sustainable idea in modern society.

    There must be plenty of community groups you could get involved with where you could make good use of your skills (I know you’re into software and web development, must be a Coderdojo nearby?), but there’s probably a few creator workshops around you too which like men’s sheds are funded by Government and local authority grants - they offer all sorts of facilities and services where you can do things like CNC lathe work, wood turning, fabrication, etc, whatever floats your boat!

    I’d say any gym owner would be putting that sign up for ‘men only’… with hands trembling… strong criticism at best, sued at worst…

    Not at all, there’s just not much of a demand for men only gyms is all. The end of the day they’re a business, not a community group. My brother owned and operated his own men-only gym for years, but he had the regulars from being involved in bodybuilding. Covid hit and he’d to close up shop as the business just couldn’t sustain itself. The difference with community groups is that they’ll often have to pay little or no overheads like rental space, insurance, etc. There’s just a greater demand for women-only gyms and fitness clubs and classes is all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 360 ✭✭SharkMX

    Id love to go to a mens shed. I love the idea of a bit of craic but building and making things while you are there.

    There should be more of these.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,469 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus

    Can’t for the life of me make out this word in the opening post, I’m pretty sure it’s important- ‘halkebdcthe’…

    Sure, lookit, we all have our halkebdcthe days. My guess is that it was supposed to be something like "I'm quite sure it happens the other way around".

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,110 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    As a woman I happen to have male type interests, certainly the last things I’m interested in are knitting and baking etc. 😁 I’d be better suited to a men’s shed but I’ll desist!

    Righteous Television Events is an ace broadcasting organisation; we’ll not be hearing counter opinion, d’jya hear me?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,785 ✭✭✭blackbox

    There is a group called that is definitely not confined to any gender and may suit the OP. Not sure if there is a nationwide connection.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,455 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    they're called 'men's sheds', but do they have a men-only rule?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,028 ✭✭✭lucalux

    i'd love to be able to join a men's shed that does woodworking, traditional skills and building projects, but i wouldn't like to impose at all

    there are no women's sheds or community groups around me that do any of those things unfortunately

    it's great to see them being popular, but the politics of them sounds like any group of people, a bit unbearable from anecdotes i've heard!

    Infighting, breakaway groups etc

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,455 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    the famous brendan behan quote springs to mind.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,504 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    Ah tell us more - spill the beans there lucalux don’t be shy 😀

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,100 ✭✭✭Mav11

    Could you not find a few women with similar interests to yourself and set up your own shed?

  • Registered Users Posts: 338 ✭✭Bobson Dugnutt

    Are you Garda vetted to work with, train and influence what sounds like potentially damaged and vulnerable children?

    I may have you on ignore.

  • Registered Users Posts: 330 ✭✭taxAHcruel

    As at least one other user has already pointed out on the thread: One thing with community projects like men's sheds is you do not have to go the official route with many things like insurance and so forth. I have no more requirement to be Garda vetted for anything I do than you would if your neighbor asked you to take his son out on a boat and teach him fishing.

    That does not mean of course that if I came to be concerned for the mental well being or damage or trauma or other emotional well being of an individual - that I would not act properly and accordingly. Involving any authority I deemed responsible in each context. Again just as you perhaps would if you were out teaching your neighbors son fishing in a boat and something troubling came to light.

    That said though - interestingly enough two of my mates who help me with all the various projects I enjoy - are themselves police. Whom I met and made friends with due to a seriously insane neighbor who for a long period called the Police on us for the most inane and crazy reasons. And in the end I got quite friendly and close with two guys who kept getting sent out to our place.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,052 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    Garda vetting is more about protecting you than the children. I’m not sure how getting it works if this ‘Jedi Club’ isn’t an official organisation but it might still be worth looking into.

    You should also looking into some child safety training courses for both you and the other guys you have on your team.

    The tide is turning…

  • Registered Users Posts: 330 ✭✭taxAHcruel

    Oh we have some useful courses and stuff behind some of us - especially the two guys I mentioned who are themselves police. However entirely off topic for the subject of this thread so I would not go too deeply into that rabbit hole here save to merely put your concerns at rest if I have raised any in you.

    "Sheds" whether themed or not like our one can be quite transformative though. To think some of the lads around my area were accosting little old women and intimidating them and knocking shopping out of their hands - and became lads who during covid had a route each where they were delivering shopping to little old ladies who were unable to get their own either due to age or fear of covid - doing their gardening - and later on sitting with them listening to stories of the good old days and eating cookies. It makes me proud. Mostly of them. But I reserve some pride for myself and those that helped me form the Academy.

    As others have said on the thread a lot of these Sheds can stagnate or fall apart. Often the just need a goal, or a source of meaning, or a raison d'etre to drive them forward. While some might sustain themselves on "There is tools in the corner but let us just have a tea and a chat" - I reckon most don't. Not much different to the local pub then.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 5,898 Mod ✭✭✭✭Raichu

    wtf?? What gave the impression the kids are “damaged” or “vulnerable”? Just sounds like an informal youth club type thing the likes of FDYS usually run

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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 11,612 Mod ✭✭✭✭miamee

    I'm sure you are not the first or only woman with those interests, might be worth suggesting it to a local group? There is a local-to-me new women's shed starting and for the first few weeks the idea is to get people chatting about what they want to do in it, what they would like to get out of the group. I'm assuming most other groups are open to suggestions too?