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“Community Sheds” have become an increasingly popular way of creating spaces where people can get together to connect, converse and create, in order to promote mental wellbeing. Shed activities help reduce loneliness, isolation and depression.

  • Shedding is about meeting like-minded people
  • Shedding is about sharing skills and knowledge and having the support of your peers
  • Mind Sheds are member led and Shed members, or “Shedders” decide what activities they want to do in their particular Shed
  • Mind sheds come in all shapes and sizes across different locations

The Nature Shed

Being able to connect with nature has positive mental health benefits. 

The Nature Shed is located in Meanwhile Wildlife Garden, where getting involved in nature is the main focus of Shed activities. The Nature Shed helps you build a relationship with nature and with yourself:

  • Conservation gardening ~ flora and fauna
  • Learning about urban wildlife
  • Bird spotting
  • Nature crafts
  • Green exercise







The Upcycling Shed

The Upcycling Shed is located at Acklam Road Workshops.

Upcycling activities involve taking an object that has out worn its purpose and making it into something new.  Everyday objects can be restored or repurposed for something new.

With a tutor on hand to guide you, you will gain new knowledge and skills:

  • An understanding of the upcycling process
  • Cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Painting and varnishing
  • How to select and use the correct tools

Projects will be supported according to your skills level and experience.

Tools and materials are supplied but you are welcome to bring your own small object to work on.

The Wellbeing Shed

The Wellbeing Shed is where people get together to talk about mental health, share experience and tips in a relaxed, social setting:  Wellbeing topics are based on the Mind Guides and chosen from a wide range of topics, which might include: 

  • What are mental health problems 
  • How to improve your mental wellbeing 
  • Understanding seasonal affective disorder 
  • LGBTQ mental health  
  • Ecotherpay 
  • Hoarding 
  • Managing stress 
  • Complimentary and alternative therapies 
  • Mindfulness and mental wellbeing




Eligible criteria

Mind courses are open to adult learners under the care of Community Mental Health Teams who, as a result of their current mental health needs, require training and employment support to progress into work, further education and other vocational opportunities:

Eligibility criteria

  • Aged 18 – 65
  • Currently unable to access mainstream training and/or employment without pre-vocational support
  • Have experienced or are at risk of developing a severe and/or enduring mental health problem
  • Resident or under the care of  mental health or social care services in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Eligible for the Care Programme Approach
  • Individuals who meet the above criteria should asked to be referred by their Care Coordinator or named Mental Health Professional.
  • We also take referrals from people who are transitioning back to primary care services following a period of care by the Community Mental Health Teams

Our funders

Our Community Sheds are funded as part of our Training and Employment contract with RBK&C Adult social Care and West London CCG.

Contact us

For information about the Nature Shed contact 020 8960 6336

For information about the Recycling Shed contact 020 8960 6777

For information about the Wellbeing Shed contact 020 8964 1333