Learn to build a shed from foundation to roof.

Who this is for?

Black and Brown women who want to learn and hone DIY skills.

What does the course involve?

A series of guided workshops focussed on different areas of DIY for various skill levels to build a shed.

How do I register?

Click the ‘Book my place’ button and book all 6 workshops. Remember to book a place for each of your children in the creche.

Where are the workshops?


Want to learn how to use powertools?

Join our Brown women’s DIY group each week to learn how to build a shed from the foundations to the roof.

If you’ve never used a drill, this workshop will introduce you to the basic functions of a drill. You’ll learn to make a pilot hole and how to choose the right screw for the job and different methods of joining.

You’ll be building a shed that will serve the community for years to come. A place to shelter from storms, watch plants grow and scavenge for just the right tool for the job.

Learn practical DIY and carpentry skills that are fundamental to doing those odds jobs around the house and personalising projects. You’ll learn the basics and be encouraged to bend the rules so that you can transfer your skills to projects when you leave the workshop.

FREE child provision is available with our on-site creche, please let us know when you apply.

This training is funded by PXI Community Allotments and is intended primarily to prioritise the people living and working in the Southey and Firth Park areas. However, we do have a few additional ‘Outside Area tickets’ for people outside these communities. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

At this workshop, you can learn these techniques and skills:

  • The basics of using a drill

  • Using a mitre saw

  • Safety awareness

What’s included:

  • All tools and materials will be provided

  • Safe working practices

  • Introduction to tools and techniques

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Unlimited answers to your questions

How to prepare:

  • Join our optional pre-event Whatsapp group (a link will be sent when you book)

  • Wear closed toe shoes and tie hair and loose items back

  • See our map to plan for public transport, taxi or parking on the day

Covid measures:

  • The event will be socially distanced with a maximum of 6 participants per allotment

  • Face masks should be worn and dust masks will be provided

  • Everyone will have their own drill and will at maximum share other optional tools with one other person with sanitising wipes made available

  • Please bring your own mug or cup. We provide tea bags, hot water and instant coffee

  • Hand sanitiser and wipes will be at each table

If you have any questions please email for further information: hello@brightboxmakerspace.com

It helped me to have a positive mindset

– Girls with drills participant

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Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Elle is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”

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Mariam Pasha has worked with grass roots communities in Sheffield for more than ten years. She enjoys the lived experiences and stories that people share and is committed to a community led approach to planning and problem solving.

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