Share Shed Totnes
The Share Shed is a library of things based in Totnes (Devon, UK), where you borrow useful items such as camping, cooking and gardening equipment, tools, house appliances and much more at a nominal cost.
The aim is to encourage the sharing economy locally, and to help people connect more while spending, consuming and wasting less.
How did the idea come about?
Originally inspired by the Share Frome project, here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we decided to explore the possibility of a similar sharing initiative in the town of Totnes. After a number of community consultations and surveys, it was clear the local community was very supportive of the idea, so NOW worked with amazing support from the wider community to get the project off the ground.
A steering group was formed, and the lovely Share Shed manager Mark Jefferys was appointed to run a six-month pilot project. Thanks to the support of wonderful volunteers, a grant from the Big Lottery, the premises kindly offered by Totnes Town Council, and many donations given by community members, the Share Shed opened its doors in April 2017.
During this journey, we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of enthusiasm and generosity we’ve experienced, which reinforces even more the importance of reinventing our models of consuming, connecting with each other and with our planet. As well as items and skills, this is a project that shares values of trust, collaboration and care of the Earth.
There are many ways you can get involved:
- Donate useful items that are in good working condition - click here for details of what we need
- Like Share Shed on Facebook
- Tweet using #ShareShedTotnes
- Volunteer at the Share Shed
- Come along, become a member and borrow things! Click here to see what’s available.
Find out more
If you’re thinking of setting up a library of things, here’s a very helpful ‘how to’ article. For more information about the project, visit shareshed.org.uk, and connect with the Share Shed on Facebook. The Share Shed is based in the Guildhall Yard, behind St Mary’s church, in the High St of Totnes, and it’s open on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.