It is time to vote for your Scottish ‘Men’s Shed of the Year’ 2020!

Voting has now opened for the public to have their say on who will be crowned this year's Scottish 'Men's Shed of the Year' 2020

The Scottish Men's Sheds Association (SMSA) has today announced the top three Men's Sheds shortlisted for this prestigious award that recognises and rewards the contribution and impact Men's Sheds make to society.

The three Scottish Men's Sheds shortlisted by SMSA's Board of Trustees from all the applications received were announced as Garnock Valley Men's Shed, Inverclyde Shed and Kinross & District Men's Shed.

Jason Schroeder, SMSA's Executive Officer, said: "The applications were of an incredibly high standard and it was certainly a difficult decision for our judging panel. The awards not only showcase the Sheds for the fantastic work that they do but also promotes good practice and inspires other men to set up new Men's Sheds across Scotland where there is a need.

"It has been great to read about all the life-changing activities taking place in the Sheds but this year's applications have also highlighted the Covid-19 support that Shedders have provided in their communities and also how they stayed connected to each other during these unprecedented times. The public has a week to vote to crown their winner and truly recognise and reward the impact Sheds have in their localities."

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the awards event will take place virtually on Zoom this year and will coincide with the Association's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16th September 2019.

The winner and two runners-up will 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. Other prizes include a free machine competency and woodwork training day from David Young Training (plus runner up discounts with a collective value of over £1,000); accounts packages from Thyme Accountancy (worth over £500) and a gift voucher from Axminster Tools & Machinery.

Voting opened to the public today (Monday 7th September) and will close at midnight on Sunday 13th September 2020.

For more information on The Scottish Men's Shed and to vote click here

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