The story behind the Elgin Area Men’s Shed


The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of our culture.


Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. Too few of us take an interest in their own health and well-being. We are often reluctant to talk about our emotions and seldom ask for help when we need it. Sadly, this results in many men being less healthy than women, drinking more, taking more risks and suffering more from isolation and loneliness and experiencing depression. Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides an environment where men can be busy, form bonds and find new opportunities in an atmosphere of old-fashioned friendship.   

Our Men’s Shed provides a safe and comfortable environment where men are welcome to work on community projects, or a project of their choice in their own time and where the only ‘must’ is to observe safe working practices.

There are more than 2,000 Men’s Sheds globally.

The Elgin Area Men’s Shed is the 14th in the U. S. We are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our members and helping each one to be valued and productive members of our community. We welcome members of all races and faiths and all walks of life – the bond that unites us is that we are willing to learn from each other and share our time, talent and treasure on meaningful activities and pursuits to benefit our friends and communities and our own health!