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Starting or running a shed?

We get asked a lot of questions on how to go about starting a shed and how we run it- here is our way.

The feedback is that it is very useful, saving a lot of time and using our experience makes starting your own shed easier. However each shed is unique which  follows from the number of differing reasons, skills and needs of the men involved and the setting of the shed in the community. So we don't hold our way as the only or right way.

You should also be wary of straight copying because your documents need to be your own and you need to stand by them if need be. All we ask is that acknowledgement of Westhill Men's Shed is made (it can be discrete) and ideally a link from your website to ours to help others find us.

With all the documents questions, critiques or requests for more information are welcome - this is what guides to documents and their contents. We are happy to answer questions (contact by email is usually most efficient to start with) and if you are near enough or passing always welcome visitors.


Starting up

For those just starting this is the major "how we did it" document- from forming a committee through registration as a charity to opening the doors and early days of running the shed.

 Introduction to starting the shed in Westhill 

Our business plan for the first three years (ouch- need another one now!). This is the 'public' version as some items are confidential and repitition has been removed (only one director profile is included for example).

Sample business plan

We adapted the lottery template to develop our own plan. This is very useful as it explains why you need each section and what it should contain. We chose the one applicable to Scotland but there are others for other countries.

 Big Lottery Fund guide to writing a business plan in Scotland can be found here.

 If you decide to become a charity advice on how to set up a charity in Scotland can be found on the website of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). We are registered as an SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) which means only one set of annual returns is required to OSCR.

Becoming a charity in Scotland

Running the Shed

  As other sheds get towards opening the questions change to our how we run the shed procedures so here is  Cool Runnings at the Westhill Shed

 Our major document for running the shed is Workshop operations manual 

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