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30th October
to 12th January
300 You will earn 300 gold points for completing this activity.
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Business and Social Purpose Consultants: The Shed

30th October to 12th January
Support a Tameside charity dedicated to supporting older men experiencing isolation to reimagine its next steps in operations and impact.

The Shed is a larger version of the typical men’s shed at the bottom of the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests. It offers a safe, friendly and inclusive workshop, where men (and women on Fridays) come together to work, share ideas and experiences. More importantly, it’s a place where they can make friends and enjoy themselves.

The charity is now seeking to imagine new ways to deliver its mission to combat isolation and promote social contact and wellbeing, particularly amongst older men. It has reached out to Manchester Met students to support.

We are looking for a group of students with interests across business and social studies to undertake a consultancy review of the way the Shed operates. You will work with its team to agree and deliver research with explores the needs of its end users, and explores the efficiency and effectiveness of its current delivery approach.

As a result of this work, you will deliver a set of recommendations which may influence the next phase of the charity’s work.

Alongside evidencing your skills and capabilities, you will receive 300 Rise points for engaging with this project. This will entitle you to recognition on your final degree transcript and (in eligible courses) the ability to earn extra credits which count towards your degree.

A stipend of £250 will be paid to participating students to offset out of pocket expenses.

Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Experience consultancy ... developing business effectiveness, and ways of maximising social good.
  • Tackle isolation ... by influencing the operating model of a real-world charity.
  • Work across disciplines ... with opportunities for business students to work with those in the social sciences.
  • Independence with support ... evidence your skills under supervision from a project leader.
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • personal_video 15:00 to 16:00 on 30/10/23 - Takes place online
    An virtual meeting to outline the scope and aspirations of the project, and how you will need to work
  • place 13:00 to 15:00 on 01/11/23 - The Together Centre, Loxley House, Birch Lane, Dukinfield, SK16 5AU
    Site Visit: Fact Finding
    Spend an afternoon at the Shed, discovering more about their work and understanding what they want to get out of the project
  • call_split 02/11/23 to 14/11/23
    Design Your Project
    Work flexibly as a team to devise a proposed approach to develop insights for the Shed. You should expect to dedicate about ten hours to this over the two weeks
  • personal_video 14:00 to 16:00 on 15/11/23 - Takes place online
    Agree Your Approach
    Meet with the leadership of the shed to propose your approach to responding to the consultancy project and gain agreement.
  • call_split 15/11/23 to 06/12/23
    Undertake Consultancy
    Work with your group to deliver the agreed consultancy activities and develop a report and recommendations. Through this period, you should expect to dedicate around 25 hours of effort
  • place 12:00 to 16:00 on 06/12/23 - The Together Centre, Loxley House, Birch Lane, Dukinfield, SK16 5AU
    Present Your Interim Findings
    Visit The Shed to share the interim outcomes of your consultancy work.
  • call_split 06/12/23 to 12/01/24
    Finalise your report
    Work with your group to create a finalised report and recommendations, drawing on the feedback from your interim presentation. You should expect to commit around 10 hours to this work through this period