Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement

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Common Ground Research Networks, Sep 22, 2021 - Health & Fitness - 423 pages
In the six years since The Men’s Sheds Movement book in 2015, the Movement has broadened to include many other nations and also Women’s Sheds, encompassing almost 3,000 Sheds worldwide to 2021. Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement shines a light on the transformational experiences and positive impact that Sheds have had on the lives, health and wellbeing of men, women, families and communities. The book’s many powerful Men’s and Women’s Shed case studies highlight how shared, hands-on social activity by ‘shedders’ can reduce the potentially destructive forces of loneliness and social isolation, even during a global pandemic. It’s about the universal value of “having somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk with,” as envisaged in the very first Australian Men’s Shed in 1998. Informative, insightful, easy to read and carefully researched, Shoulder to Shoulder provides a well-documented tour de force of this globally expanding and broadening international movement.


Mens Sheds in Australia
Mens Sheds in the UK
Mens Sheds in Ireland
Mens Sheds in New Zealand Aotearoa
Mens Sheds in the US
Mens Sheds in Canada
Mens Sheds Mænds Mødesteder in Denmark
Mens Sheds Elsewhere
Mens Shed Research Evidence
Broadening the Mens Shed Movement

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Professor Barry Golding AM is a widely published adult and community education researcher with Federation University Australia and international expert in men’s informal learning in community contexts inclusive of Men’s Sheds. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2016 in recognition of his '… significant contribution to tertiary education as a researcher and author, to professional organisations and to the community'. Professor Golding has over one hundred international research publications including The Men’s Shed Movement: the Company of Men (2015). Barry is an honorary Patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and former President of Adult Learning Australia.

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