Maxilla Men's Shed

About the project

Connected with the international Men’s Shed movement, Maxilla Men's Shed is a space in North Kensington where local adults can come to learn, teach, make, share and socialise. An enjoyable way to stay socially integrated in our local community, stay active and learn or pass-on transferable skills in a workshop environment and through specialised training programmes.

Maxilla Men's Shed will be running a series of courses and workshops in The Shed. The courses will be focused around learning a new skill where Shedders can go on to develop and practice their new skill in The Shed space. Maxilla Men's Shed is offering a workshop workspace where users can work on practical projects, follow hobbies with others, learn a new skill by joining any of our free courses, enjoy the benefits of socialising and meeting new members, have access to a computer, tinker and drink tea. Members can decide when they come and what they do and enjoy learning from each other.

Working with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council, the project has been made possible by funding from NHS West London Clinical Commissioning GroupRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Public Health, and the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

Maxilla Men’s Shed will provide a number of ways for local people to access a new, fully equipped wood workshop at ACAVA’s Maxilla Studios, located in the former Maxilla Children’s Centre

For more information contact:  Rasha (dot) el-sady (at) acava (dot) org
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Maxilla Men's Shed, ACAVA Maxilla Studios, 4 Maxilla Walk, W10 6NQ


How you can get involved

A series of open days have been held during August 2019, and a full programme of training and open access sessions (including opportunities for local women) can be accessed via this page on our website.

Rasha El-Sady is our dedicated Shed Programme Manager who will support the community of users to grow and develop, working towards handing over the ownership and management of Maxilla Shed to the community in 2021. To support this we are also seeking to recruit local people to join a Steering Group, if you are interested please get in touch by emailing Rasha (dot) el-sady (at) acava (dot) org

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From our funders

Dr Oisin Brannick, Clinical Lead Self Care and North Kensington, NHS WLCCG, said: "we know initiatives such as this bring people together to learn new skills and as a result improve people's health and wellbeing"

Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, RBKC, said: “The profound effect of loneliness and isolation has devastating effects on men’s health and remains a public health issue. The Council is committed to reducing loneliness and encouraging and supporting social interaction"