Borrow, save, learn and share… at our welcoming local hubs where you can borrow items for free- including DIY tools, toys, sports kit and even gardening equipment.
By borrowing items instead of buying, you can save money, reduce waste and we can encourage everyone to help each other by sharing more.
Access to equipment is just the beginning, you will also get the chance to have a say in what activities take place at the Share Shack, and connect with other members of the community by sharing skills and hobbies, repairing, re-using and being creative.
What are Share Shacks?
Share Shacks are a new initiative in Birmingham delivered by The Active Wellbeing Society and funded by Sport England. They provide a space for residents to connect with each other, as well as the free borrowing service being an environmentally sustainable and money saving alternative to buying occasional use items.
Share Shacks help Active Communities play a key role in supporting community development, resilience and sustainability. Free access to equipment is just the beginning, as we will be encouraging members to share their skills and hobbies in the space- helping design or run activities for local people to learn new skills and build connections. Whilst our activities and skill sharing sessions are on pause during lockdown, we would love to hear your ideas for future sessions, email: [email protected]
Share Shacks can be delivered at a street level, within an existing community venue or alongside spaces such as Community Cafés.
Our pilot Share Shack in Ladywood, run with our local partners Eat Make Play, opened in August 2020 and our Balsall Heath Share shack opened in October 2020. In the coming months we will be opening other Share Shacks around the city, so look out for us at a location near you!
How to join
Browsing the Share Shack catalogue and borrowing an item from us is super easy- and always free!
If you have signed up for a Wellbeing card but this hasn’t arrived yet, you can still borrow items by using your Wellbeing card number.
A laminated inventory is available at the Share Shacks for those without internet access to select from.
Follow these simple steps to get borrowing:
1. Sign up for a free Wellbeing card here: https://www.kineticinsightpro.com/birmingham/ (cards can take up to 10 working days to arrive so please make a note of your Wellbeing card number to use in the meantime)
2. Visit: https://shareshack.myturn.com/library/ to sign up for a myTurn account
3. View the inventory of items at: https://shareshack.myturn.com/library/inventory/browse and make a reservation for a week if the item is available. You can extend the borrowing period up to 3 months.
4. Collect the item from the Share Shack during open times (bring your ID and proof of address the first time you borrow)
5. Enjoy using the item, and return back to the Share Shack on the date agreed
Yes! Whilst we cannot have visitors into the Share Shack or offer activities during lockdown, you can reserve items to collect at the Share Shack. We are offering a click and collect service, with collection during Share Shack regular opening times- a member of our team will bring the item out to you.
Items are quarantined for 72 hours after return, and thoroughly cleaned before the next borrower. We ask you clean the item after use if you have the means to do so.
If the item is available, loans are for 1 week initially, but this can be extended up to 3 months. You can extend a loan by logging into your myTurn account or by emailing us at: [email protected]
All items in the inventory can be borrowed during lockdown, check availability here
DIY Skipping Ropes
Get recycling, get creative and get active by making your own DIY skipping ropes!
We have a step-by-step guide and video to help you create your own skipping ropes from recycled materials- perfect for a lockdown activity.
Find out more and get involved here.
Balsall Heath Rocks!
We want members of the community to brighten the Balsall Heath Share Shack surrounding area using locally-decorated rocks for members of the community to find and re-hide.
This activity is fun, creative and suitable for the whole family- perfect for lockdown!
Find out how to get involved here
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