Share Shacks

Share Shacks


Borrow, save, learn and share… at our welcoming Share Shacks.

Borrow items for free including sports equipment, DIY tools, toys and even gardening equipment.  By borrowing items instead of buying, you can save money and reduce waste.

Learn new skills at our activities and share your experience with your local community.


About Share Shacks

Share Shacks are an initiative in Birmingham and North Solihull delivered by The Active Wellbeing Society and funded by Sport England as part of the Active Communities Programme.

Our free borrowing service called the Library of Things is an environmentally sustainable and money saving alternative to buying occasional use items.  Do you want to try a new sport, mow the lawn or put up a shelf? Why buy those big, expensive items when you can borrow them for free from your local Share Shack.

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. 

Where are we?

Share Shacks can be delivered within an existing community venue, alongside spaces such as community cafés or even on a street.

Our pilot Share Shack in Ladywood, run with our local partners Eat Make Play, opened in August 2020 in a shop space. Our Balsall Heath Share Shack opened in October 2020 on St Paul’s Trust site next to a City Farm.  We run regular pop-up Share Shacks around Birmingham and North Solihull.  Two of our established pop-ups are at Nechells POD and Hobs Moat Community Café.

Who are we?

The Share Shacks are coordinated by the Sharing Team at The Active Wellbeing Society.  The Share Shack at Ladywood is coordinated by Eat Make Play. We work with our colleagues from other teams across the organisation to enable communities to have access to more opportunities.  We aim to listen to what is most needed in the areas we work in, for both the Library of Things and activities.  We always love to hear new ideas so please email us at [email protected].


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: 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: to sign up for a myTurn account
  3. View the inventory of items at: 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

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 2 weeks 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]

Yes you can borrow up to 3 items depending on availability at the time.

Feedback from people who have borrowed from the Share Shacks

Get in touch

For enquiries about Ladywood Share Shack, please email Eat Make Play at: [email protected]

For enquiries about the Share Shacks in Balsall Heath, Hobs Moat and Nechells POD, as well as for general questions, please email: [email protected]

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