The Beacon Shed at The Whitaker
A special place for everyone

A unique dementia-friendly Community Shed

One of our longer term aims has been to provide a dementia-friendly Community Shed, where people living with dementia could work alongside people without these challenges. We have worked hard to make this aim a reality, through fundraising, securing grant funding and receiving donations. Our Beacon Shed at The Whitaker opened on 19 May 2023.

The first of its kind in the UK, Beacon Shed  provides a safe space for people living with dementia and their carers to experience meaningful activities without feeling judged or excluded and to feel supported and valued. From our consultation, we know that people living with dementia and their Carers may feel isolated, have a lack of daily purpose and occupation, a lack of safe opportunities to connect with others and share/make use of their skills. 

Activities in this unique community Shed include gardening, woodwork, making and mending, designing, DIY, nature walks and art sessions - all of which can be adapted to be dementia-friendly. We also offer volunteering opportunities to those who would like to help our members within the Shed and we also support our members to take part in the volunteer garden and maintenance team at The Whitaker .

Through meeting old and new friends, socialising, sharing skills and knowledge. The Shed at The Whitaker provides a non-clinical environment to talk about worries, share experiences and take part in varied activities to support wellbeing.

Sessions at the Beacon Shed currently run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you know someone whom may benefit from the activities, please click the 'Make a Referral' button below to access our referral criteria and the online referral form.

Donate to the Beacon Shed

You can donate to help keep the Beacon Shed running easily by scanning the QR code to donate direct to us by mobile banking, or by clicking the Donate Now button below to donate through online banking. 
Thank you!

The Shed at Work

Snippets of what our participants get up to at the Beacon Shed

The photos below show the clearing of the Shed site, the construction of the Shed and the fit out.

Grant Funding

We are very grateful to the following organisations for their Grants towards The Beacon Shed