Mobile Share Shed Van

Share Shed - A Library of Things

Describe Share Shed - A Library of Things

Based in Devon, the Share Shed is the world's first mobile library of things. It allows people to live better lives by borrowing things they would otherwise have to buy. It offers over 350 useful items like tools, appliances tents, bikes and musical instruments for its members to borrow at a minimal fee. This helps people to do things they otherwise couldn’t do – because they cannot afford the equipment or because they don’t have space to store it. It also helps to reduce consumption and waste.

Why does the world need your project?

On average, an electrical drill is used for up to 13 minutes in its lifetime. We want to spread the message about the difference between "I need a drill" and "I need a hole in the wall." At the Share Shed, we aim to support a more collaborative and sustainable lifestyle, through helping people save money, space, resources and reducing clutter.

We want to bridge people’s needs and wants with the resources available in our community, inspiring people to engage in social change. It's good for the pocket and it's good for the planet.

What inspired you to start?

We originally heard about the ShareShop in Frome, a similar project, and thought the idea of sharing items we just need occasionally makes a lot of sense, so we decided to do the same in our own community, in Totnes (Devon, UK).

Share Shed banner

After three years, we were very fortunate to receive a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to help us pioneer the world's first mobile library of things.

What do you wish you'd known at the beginning?

Social/community projects are very dependent on grants as it takes a lot of time for the project to become financially self-sustaining.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give an aspiring change maker?

Always expect the best from people, and at the same time keep following your dreams.

How can people get involved in your project or help out?

• Becoming a member of the Share Shed
• Borrowing from our collection of over 350 items
• Volunteering your time and skills
• Donating items (check out our Wish List) and/or money
• Helping spread the word via Facebook and Instagram

What are your plans for the future?

We’d like to expand the project and serve other communities (we’ve received requests from various towns) as well as further develop our ethos of collaboration and sustainability by offering a mobile repair station and hosting skillshare events.

Featured in Charity & Civil Society
Sign Up for Updates
SIGN UP
You Might Also Like
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
inspirationinspiration
The fast-growing Hamlets network will feed communities and educate people all over the world about organic production. A healthy and harmonious way of life is impossible without proper nutrition and pure food. The use of organic products improves the quality of life and the ecological situation on the planet and […]
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
projectsprojects
“I’d like to give back” is something people often say.  Giving makes you feel good; it’s very simple. Meet Matt Callanan.  When Matt won £20 on a scratch card, he decided to share his good fortune and buy a Big Issue seller some food.  And so began the #WeMakeGoodHappen & #Tenner4Good movement. […]
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
projectsprojects
Meet Alexandra Hoskyn. Back in 2017, she noticed exactly the same, decided to do something about it and launched the Chatty Cafe scheme. A simple idea. Alex asked cafes to pop a sign on a table saying “The seats on this table are for anyone happy to chat to other […]
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
inspirationinspiration
In this article, the team from Startup Societies explore how to quickstart communities by providing the means for a place to start developing new ideas and approaches to governance and government. 
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
projectsprojects
It’s been ten months since Hurricane Maria put Puerto Rico’s crumbling infrastructure in the international news. As life returns to normal for the locals, the headlines fade but the hard work of preventing another catastrophe has not yet begun. Humanitarian organizations were quick to focus on water, shelter, food and […]
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
inspirationinspiration
The bravery to step into a room and ask, How does injustice live in us? How are we behaving in ways which undermine our values? That’s the kind of leadership that’s required of us as our sector reels from the Oxfam scandal. Here Mary Ann Clements looks at how across […]
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
projectsprojects
Describe Wawa Laptop WAWA Laptop, the first laptop developed in Peru, made from recycled material and powered by a portable solar panel, is aimed at democratising access to technology and education for children and youth in Peru, the region and the world. We are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals […]
Charity & Civil SocietyCharity & Civil Society
inspirationinspiration
Those of us working for change, in charities and in growing social enterprises, need to be rediscovering purpose: what we are here to do; and who or what we are doing it for. That’s become a mantra for “purpose led” global businesses like Unilever and Coca-Cola. It should come easily […]