They have proved a huge success in tackling social isolation.
And now, five new Men’s Sheds in the north-east are a step closer to opening their doors in 2018.
The initiatives, which aim to tackle loneliness among older men, have shared a pot of £5,000 from Age Scotland to help organisers with start-up costs, refurbishments and tools.
The volunteer-run projects in Peterhead, Aberchirder, Peterculter, Stonehaven, and Braemar will provide a space for men to meet and socialise over activities such as wood-working, metal-working, and DIY.
Plans are also progressing for a new facility in Forres.
Inspired by an Australian idea, the first Scottish shed was set up in Westhill in 2013, and there are now dozens across the north and north-east.
Peterhead Men’s Shed was awarded £964 to purchase tools and shelving for its new premises, following a successful open day.
New groups in Braemar and Culter each received £1,000 towards start-up costs, including printing publicity materials and health and safety equipment.
A new shed in Aberchirder and District is installing a series of portable cabins and a polytunnel for gardening, and was given £1,000 towards fitting out a kitchen. The group hope to attract around 75 older people.
Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed was awarded £967 to buy dust control equipment to install for woodworking activities.
More than 150 people have already shown an interest in the project, and the group has built up a collection of tools and equipment.
Douglas Knox, the secretary of Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed, said there was a real need for the project and they were inspired by the enthusiastic response.
He added: “We have an ageing population up here, with a lot of people migrating into the area. They may not have the social connections they need to keep them going.”
Erik Stien, secretary of Culter and District Men’s Shed, said: “Men are notorious for losing their social connections and sense of purpose in retirement.
“Every man has done a little bit of DIY and enjoyed the companionship of others at work, so we’re trying to bring the two together. It’s a place where people can do some work, share worries, and do something for their local community.”
Keith Robson, Age Scotland’s charity director, said: “We’re delighted to see the enthusiasm for setting up these Men’s Sheds.
“They provides a welcoming space for men from all backgrounds and are excellent examples of the difference that committed volunteers can make in their community.”