Community Shed

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Making and Mending in Muirhouse

Shed Shut for a Week

Please note that the Shed is shut from Monday 12th November until Sunday 18th November. We will use this time to reflect and evaluate our initial 12 week pilot and then to develop future programmes. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will reopen the following week with a new programme of activities and times that we are open.  Check back here for information.

Why develop a Community Shed?

Local people involved in both North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up said ‘We want a community shed’. North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up listened and worked together with community members to apply for funds to start a community shed.  We were successful in getting funding from the Climate Change Fund for this project. The Shed is therefore a great example of community development in action.  People in the community identified a need and collectively professionals and community members came together, identified a potential funder, applied for the money, got the money, found premises, found tools, and wood etc. It proves that when we work together we can achieve great things.

What is a Community Shed?

The primary focus of the shed is to reuse wood, furniture, tools, etc so as to reduce climate change.  Each year in Scotland we throw away tons of stuff into landfill, including wood and furniture, that could be recycled, reused, mended or made in something completely different. The Community Shed will do it’s bit to reduce this waste and convert it into useful and beautiful things. We will also inform local people about climate change and what they can do to minimise their own impact.

The Shed is similar to Men’s Shed movement which is gaining popularity across Scotland at the moment.  We are, however, open to both men and women.

Training Hand Tool Maintenance and Health and Safety

On Saturday December 1st Edinburgh Remakery are coming to the Shed to deliver training on tool maintenance and health and safety of these tools.

There are 5 places available and so please sign up either at reception here at NEA or by emailing Rik on to book a place.


What does it look like?

Here is a photo of the inside of the shed.

inside the shed

Who can use it?

The shed will be open to anyone aged 16 or over from the North Edinburgh community. The Shed is free to use and refreshments will be available at each session.

The Shed operates a first come first served drop in system and we can accommodate a maximum of 10 at any one time. This may be reduced if we have people who are wheelchair users are in the shed.

If you would like to come to the shed but have childcare needs please let us know a few days in advance so we can organise crèche facilities for you.

We will also open on the following Saturdays:

September 1st 2:00pm – 4:00pm – hand tool training
October 6th 10:30am – 12:30pm – power tool training
November 3rd 10:30am – 12:30pm – bike maintenance (Dr Bike)
December 1st – 10:30 – 1:30 hand tool maintenance and health and safety

Get Involved

The 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 people and organisations. If you want to learn to use some hand and or power tools then please speak to a member of staff who can organise some training.

Community Groups

Do you run a community group who are looking for productive things to engage in? If so then you might be able to book a regular slot in the shed. Contact Rik to discuss your needs. Alternatively if you are a community group who wants something built then please contact us and we can try and arrange this for you. Examples of requests already received include planters for a community garden and a noticeboard for a community kitchen.

Where is the Shed?

Shed Satellite Image

The Shed is located in the old Co-Op building and can be accessed from the rear carpark. We have a ramp for wheelchair users.

Wanted: Can you Help?

Tools, Furniture, Reusable Wood, Fabric

Do you have any tools which you don’t use that you can donate them to The Shed. We are always on the look out for new woodworking tools to help us build beautiful things.

We also need wood, furniture and fabrics so if you have any of these which you don’t need you can donate them to the shed and know that they will be put to good use in North Edinburgh.

Tradespeople to train us

We are looking for local people who have skills to come and share them with the community. Have you got joinery or carpentry skills, can you work with metal, can you throw pots, etc, if so come and get involved and pass on your skills to enthusiastic local people.

More Permanent Accommodation

We are currently based in the old Co-Op building on Pennywell Road but this is not ideal for us.  We are therefore looking for suitable and permanent accommodation and so if you are aware of buildings or land which we could use for the shed then please do contact us – we would love to hear from you.

Do you need something repaired or built?

Finally if you live in North Edinburgh and you need / want something which the shed could repair or build for you please contact us to discuss your needs. Keep checking in with us to see what useful and beautiful things the shed is making – we will post pictures here.

Lunch and Launch

On Saturday 20th October we had a launch event here at North Edinburgh Arts.  The event was an opportunity to celebrate the opening of the shed and to showcase some of the beautiful things we have made since the Shed opened. We had over 40 people in attendance at this event with everyone expressing their delight at the stuff the shed has produced – with most of it being made by people with little or no previous woodwork experience. On display were about 30 unique things, som e of which you can see in the photo below.

As a Climate Challenge Fund project it was obviously important to talk about climate change at this event. The Shed displayed about 300kg of product which had been made. mended or upcycled, which is equivalent to taking 2 cars off the road.

Below is a photo of Rik, the Community Shed Development Worker, standing in our exhibition of Shed made stuff.

Exhibition photo

Contact us

In the meantime if you want to find out more then please contact Rik at North Edinburgh Arts Telephone: 0131 315 2151, Email:

We have been awarded a grant of £133,830* from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for two years to develop this project with the local community.

*Includes maximum funding of £40,149 from the European Regional Development Fund.