The Man Shed

Portland’s Man Shed was developed by local resident, Colin Stott.

Colin wanted to provide more opportunities for local men to meet, socialise and work on individual and community-based DIY, woodworking and furniture restoration projects in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.

Supported by ICA, Colin launched the Shed in 2015. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, securing dozens of members and working on a wide range of commissioned and renovation projects.

The Shed’s positive impact has also rippled out into the wider community, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together through its engagement with member’s families / carers and other community-based projects and organisations.

The Shed’s ongoing success resulted in its move to a larger premises in 2018 and the creation of a Women’s Shed in 2019.

Sadly, Colin Stott passed away in 2019. It was a great loss and one felt by all of those involved in the Shed.

Today, Colin’s passion and ambition is continued by his son and a dedicated team of volunteers.

It is an amazing legacy for a fantastic man, and one that will continue to grow and benefit our local community for many years to come under the care of his family, friends, ICA and the community as a whole.

For more information, please see the Shed’s Facebook page.

The Shed is part funded through:

  • The National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All
  • Dorset Council – Community Impact Fund