Shed Central Ltd is a health service provider which employs a range of experienced health professionals such as psychotherapist/counsellors, sexual health specialists, men’s health specialists, nurses, public health specialists and community development workers.

We have a wealth of experience from within the NHS and the private sector in delivering health programmes in educational and community settings in areas such as mental health and emotional wellbeing, sexual health, anger management, smoking cessation and weight management.
Derived primarily from the former Health of Men team (also known as the Men and Boys’ Health Team) of Bradford District Care Trust, the team aims to deliver gender sensitive health services to both males and females.

HOW WE WORK 

Shed Central is able to provide you with a trusted, innovative and professional service tailored to the needs of your organisation.

We aim to provide a service where the costs are low but the quality is high.

We utilise male-focused approaches which are built on the understanding that being male is not just the gender into which some are born, but is also about a set of characteristics, activities, preferences and forms of expression we associate with it. As well as gender related traits and preferences, some of which are biologically determined, and some culturally, there is a range of explicit and implicit expectations placed on boys when they are born and reinforced throughout their lives. These expectations weigh heavily in their shoulders unless they can find another way of being. Helping men and boys establish and maintain health must be established with this in mind if the intervention is to be successful.

As our service and clients’ demands have grown, we have been able to develop similar services to females in school settings by recruiting a superb pool of sessional health workers

Please contact us here to discuss services and tariffs

EDUCATION

Shed Central workers have delivered programmes of services in over a hundred primary schools, secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Designated Special Provision (DSP) units, colleges and universities across the Bradford and Airedale district and beyond.

  • Our services will significantly help to:
    Build self-esteem
    Build confidence
    Improve educational attainment
    Address sexual health risk
    Provide support for young people with safeguarding needs
    Provide a secure base for vulnerable young people
    Reinforce positive male values

We are aware that boys do less well at school than girls and are significantly more likely to be identified as having SEN issues or a mental health diagnosis. In addition, over 80% of excluded pupils are male.

There is agreement that there is a correlation between educational achievement and good mental health in adult years, but also that early intervention is crucial for better outcomes for the child.”

We offer: Bespoke Sex and Relationships (SRE) Programmes independently or in partnership with other NHS services. These may be negotiated with individual schools and tailored to their specific needs. We provide puberty sessions in years 6 and 7 leading on to comprehensive programmes for years 9 and 10. We are proud to have contributed to the lowering of teenage pregnancies across Bradford but see sexual health as much broader and encompassing issues such as respect, sexuality and diversity.

Highly regarded School Drop-ins either as part of a wider team or as a special clinic.

Counselling and psychotherapy for boys around anger management, anxiety, low-mood, relationships, bereavement, exam stress, self-harm etc

Comprehensive Boys’ Health Programmes which capture the benefits of group work and address the issues which concern the boys themselves Bespoke Health Sessions tailored to the needs of the school”

COMMUNITY

Our team of nurses and other health professionals are very experienced in delivering programmes of services in a variety of settings and on a variety of topics including:
Health MOTs for men in industrial and community settings

  Smoking cessation and weight management groups for 
men in their place of work or other convenient settings

Informative health education programmes on topics such as men’s health, 
emotional wellbeing, prostate cancer, sexual health and anger management
Sustainable men’s groups
One to one psychotherapy and counselling.

CURRENT PROJECTS

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SHEDCENTRAL

MEET THE TEAM

INTRODUCING

PETER WESTWOOD

INTRODUCING

DENNIS JONES

CONTACT US

07432484960

shedcentral@outlook.com

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

“Pete supported a pupil with significant Social and Emotional difficulties.

The pupil he supported flourished during the time Pete worked with him. He was very positive about his sessions and school saw a great improvement in his general wellbeing and attitude towards learning. Pete was reliable and provided effective feedback to school about the work he was undertaking at regular review points. We would definitely use Pete’s services again”

Assistant Headteacher
Bradford Primary School

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Pete has provided counselling services every Wednesday morning at (Bradford primary school) for the past two years. To support the success of this, I have shared pertinent information with him and, on occasion, he has met with parents, both prior to and during the counselling period. He provides feedback as to his perceptions of the benefit or otherwise of the sessions to the child.
 The children he has worked with have had many different issues, often linked to their lives outside school. These issues have required bespoke support, sometimes looking at strategies they could use or ways to deal with their feelings, beyond that possible in a class or school situation.


Pete works hard to develop trusting relationships with his clients: some of whom have become very proficient at playing the harmonica as this is one of his routes to building that trust. Some of his clients have ongoing, long term support whilst others have benefitted from a couple of terms and more spread ‘touching base’ meetings. Whatever the period of counselling, the children have mostly made good strides to being in better places to deal with the issues that were preventing them socialising or focusing on their learning, some of which could have led to exclusion or alternative provision.


It has been a benefit that Pete is not part of our staff; the children know they are not likely to ‘bump into’ him around and about in school at any point in the day as they would with any of our in-house support systems, which means they can talk to him freely. The children know what they say to Pete stays with Pete – unless it is a safeguarding issue in which case he informs us.
 I feel this service has been beneficial to our children.