Bootle Tool Shed receive £1,000 donation from the Asda Foundation

A popular Community Group have been handed £1,000 by the Asda Foundation.

Bootle Tool Shed, where people come together to take part in practical skills and activities, are based at the Strand Shopping Centre and are run completely by their own members.

They provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.

Eddy Flynn, Trustee of the Bootle Men’s Shed said: “Our members see the Shed as a lifeline, and we the trustees see this funding as a lifeline to enable us to keep this vital resource open.”

Julie Ward, Senior Manager of the Asda Foundation said: “The Asda Foundation is one of the many ways we can give something back to our local communities.

“That’s why we lend a hand to a wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved with, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK.

“We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a grassroots level and are proud to support this initiative.”

The Shed movement follows a blueprint from an Australian project and since the first Men’s Shed opened in the UK six years ago, there are now over 300 in the UK with three new Sheds on average opening a week.

Sheds are often places for older men to come together and work on either individual or community projects – but are now increasingly seeing younger men and women getting involved.”

Free Christmas Gift Wrapping at Strand By Me!

Want to take the hassle out of Christmas? Why not pop in to the Strand By Me shop and take advantage of our new, free present wrapping service!

Drop in with your presents, big or small, and our elves will take care of the rest! You can have a cup of tea and a mince pie while you wait, or simply pop back in when you’re ready to pick your gifts up.

The present wrapping team will be in the shop on:

Thurs 8th December (10am -6.30pm)
Thurs 15th December (10am -6.30pm)
Thurs 22nd December (10am -6.30pm)

This service is completely free, but if you’re really happy with our wrapping we will be accepting donations to local charity Sefton4Good!

Click here to download a flyer for the Wrapping Service.


Strand By Me is a Community & Health Services shop located at the Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle managed by Sefton CVS in partnership with NHS South Sefton CCG. While at the shop you’ll also be able to find out about other events and services in the borough that you may be interested in.

The Strand Shopping Centre can be found at: 73 The Hexagon, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4SZ, and “Strand by Me” is located on the Ground Floor of The Strand, opposite “Wilko” store.