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Scottish Shed of the Year Awards opens for applications


By Gregor White

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Aberchirder and District Men's Shed was last year's winner of the title.
Aberchirder and District Men's Shed was last year's winner of the title.

The Scottish Men’s Sheds Association (SMSA) has opened its prestigious ‘Shed of the Year’ Awards to applications from Men’s Sheds across Scotland.

The awards recognise and reward the contribution and impact Men’s Sheds make to society – telling the story to raise awareness of the benefits of Sheds to men, their family and friends and the community as a whole.

The awards event will take place virtually on Zoom this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has been timed to coincide with the association’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, September 16.

Jason Schroeder, SMSA’s executive officer, said: “We are delighted to launch this year’s awards to celebrate and showcase the life-changing work being carried out in Men’s Sheds across Scotland.

"The Men’s Sheds Movement began in Scotland in 2009 – and the first Shed opened in 2013 – and we now have an impressive 188 Sheds across the nation – all dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of men over the age of 18 through friendship, support and camaraderie.

"We want to hear from Sheds across Scotland – their background, their journey and the impact they have had within their localities.

"We also want to know about the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them so that other Sheds can learn from their experience.

"Although, the event is being carried out online this year, it certainly will not stop the Shedders ‘meeting’ digitally to network and learn from each other.”

Shortlisted Sheds will be selected from all of the applications by SMSA’s Trustees before going to a public vote in the run-up to the event – the winner and two runners-up will then be announced on the day.

The winner will receive the esteemed targe trophy – designed and collectively created by SMSA and several Sheds – to display at their Shed for a year on top of a cash prize and a £100 gift voucher from Axminster Tools & Machinery.

Scottish Sheds which are SMSA members can apply via the SMSA website by midnight on Sunday, August 30.

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