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"Serving our community to the best of our ability"

the Shed Project

Situated in the heart of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, The Shed Project is a purpose built facility running various services within and throughout the community.

Our primary vision is to provide a place of belonging, support and encouragement for anyone who comes through our doors, through the numerous clubs and services tailored to a varied group of young people and adults.

Learn more about us through our story!

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THE WELL

A DROP IN FOR ANY ADULTS WHO HAVE STRUGGLED WITH DRUG OR ALCOHOL ADDICTIONS. YOU WILL BE WELCOMED INTO A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY WHO WILL DO ALL THEY CAN DO SUPPORT YOU

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THE SHED IS RUN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. OUR FACILITY IS A PLACE IN THE COMMUNITY YOUNG PEOPLE CAN CALL THEIR OWN AND ENJOY THE VARIOUS SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES WE HAVE TO OFFER. IF YOU'RE IN P7 OR S1-S6, WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU!

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DO YOU HAVE A YOUNG CHILD YOU NEED HELP ENTERTAINING? WANT TO MEET OTHER PARENTS WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN AND GROW IN COMMUNITY? COME ALONG TO LITTLE STARS AND ENJOY A CUPPA WHILE YOUR CHILDREN HAVE A BLAST

THE ARK

THIS IS A GROUP ESTABLISHED FOR ANY WOMEN STRUGGLING WITH DRUG OR ALCOHOL ADDICTIONS. HERE YOU WILL BE SURE TO FIND SUPPORT, COMMUNITY AND NEW FORMED FRIENDSHIPS

COVID 19 UPDATE

With current restrictions, the Well will be open! We do have a limited amount of space and activities, and will require users to go onto a rota. If you are interested, please go onto our social media platforms of either Facebook and Instagram and send a message advising who will be signing up to use our services!

At this time, the building does remain shut at for all other activities or services. However we have moved online through lockdown and for the foreseeable future, which allows for our young people to have access to content online via Facebook and Instragram. We also provide space for our young people to get in contact with us through these platforms should any of them need to. 

For those who would attend our Well and Ark drop ins we have endeavoured to get in touch with service users personally via phone, and will keep all up to date regarding reopening when we are able to.  

Once restrictions allow we will look to opening up further but for the time being we are always working behind the scenes to make sure we are able to reach you all through this time! Please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact details found here on our website.

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After my 3rd suicide attempt back in 2015, I could not understand why my life was so negative and why I had no outlook on life, so I had enough and I really wanted to change it, but I wasn’t sure how to. In March 2015, I decided to go looking for the Lord, and found Him of all places on Youtube, through a song by Johnny Cash called “Help me Lord” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yL1LrFtx2w). While I was playing the song, I had tears running down my face and I was begging and shouting to the Lord for help! As the months went on, I was still doing the same old crap, but I suddenly noticed that every time I turned the telly on, it was on the Scottish weather map and my eye kept being drawn to Stornoway. I can remember telling myself that I was going to go there, and then seconds later I said I was going to stay there, even though I had no idea how to even get to Stornoway, and I didn’t know anyone. I had to google how to get there! A few months later after making this decision, another bizarre thing happened, where I came into a tidy sum of money that with spending wisely, could last me 2-3 months. With that, I booked my ferry and B&B for December 30th 2015. On that day, I left my life in Glasgow, where I have more or less spent my entire life, to find a new and better life in Stornoway. It wasn’t easy though, as after my week or so at the B&B, I was now homeless, in a place miles from home! However, luckily enough, the homeless unit here, called “The Acres” had a space for me for a month, and then a few sublets before I got my council house September 2019. When I arrived in Stornoway, in January of 2016, I was introduced to The Shed as a client. I was a very shy and nervous guy back then, but I started to slowly get into it more often. The Shed manager at the time, Murdo, and all the staff and clients were all amazing towards me, and I can’t thank them enough! After being in Stornoway for a month, I just gave up the drugs and alcohol for good, and I never looked back! A year or so as a client of The Shed, Murdo asked me if I would be a volunteer for the program The Well, which is the service I was using. I agreed and loved doing, and a year or so after that, a job came up to be a support worker for The Well, which I applied for, and am so thankful to have received as I love doing it! I do understand people’s pain, and why they take drugs, alcohol and attempt suicide, and I know that that pain is not good, so I hope and pray that I can help others who were like me, and that they can go on to help others. If it was for everyone at The Shed from day one, I really don’t know where my life would be or where I would currently be just now, but I do know that I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Shed.

Lawrence: My Story

Service User to Volunteer to Support Worker

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"The Shed is amazing! It has helped me socialize more with others. it's a safe place to chill"