Making and Mending in Muirhouse
The North Edinburgh Community Shed is a safe place where people can come together to make things, mend things, learn new skills or use old ones, meet people, and have a laugh while being productive. People can either work on their own projects or support shed staff to mend/make things for local organisations. Staff are on hand to support you to make what you want to make. We can provide you with basic training to learn how to use the tools we have in the Shed.
The North Edinburgh Community Shed is a North Edinburgh Arts Project.
Due to the ongoing Corona Virus situation the Community Shed is only open to a small number of existing members. We hope that will be able to welcome new members in the future. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Currently our opening hours are as follows:
Tuesday 10am – 1pm
Wednesday 10am – 1pm
Thursday 10am – 1pm
What is a Community Shed?
The primary focus of the shed is to reuse wood, furniture, tools etc. to enable our members to build things they need for their homes and gardens. Where possible we try to only use recycled wood. Indeed 99.99% or all the wood used in the Shed has been recycled. Each year in Scotland we throw away tons of stuff into landfill, including wood and furniture, that should be recycled, reused, mended or made into something completely different and the Community Shed will do its bit to convert this waste into useful and beautiful things.
The Shed is similar to Men’s Shed movement which is gaining popularity across Scotland at the moment. We are, however, open to any one regardless of their gender identity.
Why develop a Community Shed?
North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up listened to local people who said they wanted a local community shed. Together with community members, both organisations were successful in getting funding from the Climate Change Fund to set a community shed in North Edinburgh. The Shed is therefore a great example of community development in action, and it proves that when we work together we can achieve great things.
Who can use it?
The Shed is open to anyone aged 16 or over from the North Edinburgh community.
Due to the Covid 19 situation we have decided to cut back the numbers of people who can use the Shed to just 4 a day and these spaces are limited to a small number of existing members. Hopefully we can welcome more people soon.
Where is the Shed?
The Shed is located in the old Co-Op building, and can be accessed from the rear car park at North Edinburgh Arts. The Shed is wheelchair accessible.
The Shed is currently funded by the Big Lottery Fund until March 2022. A big thanks to them for seeing the contribution we make to the community of North Edinburgh and agreeing to support us over the next couple of years.
Our first two years were funded by the Climate Challenge Fund and we would like to thank them for their support as this really enabled the Shed to grow and develop and begin to have a positive impact on our members’ lives.
In the meantime if you want to find out more then please contact Rik at North Edinburgh Arts
Call: 0131 315 2151