Charitable Incorporated Organisation and Trustee training
The Essex Shed Network is hosting training in relation to setting up as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (C.I.O) This format for a Shed project is well thought of and recommended. If your Shed is considering registering as a charity the this training will provide information and clarity on the roles and responsibilities that those who volunteer as trustees will take on.
Although focusing on the CIO structure the training will also be relevant to Sheds that have registered or are considering registering as a Unincorporated Charity.
The session will cover:
- Rating your organisation.
- Roles, responsibilities and legal duties of trustees.
- Financial duties.
- Paperwork needed for the Board.
- Governance and management – getting the right balance.
There are only 5 spaces left so if you are interested in attending please get in touch as soon as possible to reserve your place.
Thursday 15th of March from 9.45 till 1pm.
Location: Uttlesford CVS Meeting Room.
Please contact Hamish on 01621 851891 or email@example.com to reserve your place.
June 12- 18 is Men’s Health Week and this year the spotlight is on abdominal obesity also known as belly fat.
Research shows that men are more likely to be overweight with 68% of men now overweight or obese, with this they are more likely to face health problems such as diabetes because they are overweight. They are also less likely to get support to tackle their weight problems from health professionals.
The Men’s Health Forum is raising awareness this week and challenging men to consider whether they have a Hazardous Waist.
A Hazardous waist is defined as being over 37inches (94cm) and puts an individual at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Move more – Eat well – Watch the booze
Read more online at the Men’s Health Forum website
Men in Sheds
Research has shown that involvement in a Men’s Shed has a range of health benefits for those involved. The Shed environment has been proven to be a conduit to changes in health related behaviour amongst men. A paper written for the UK Mens Shed Association by Dr. Snorri Bjorn Rafnsson, UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health entitled “Social engagement, health and wellbeing of older men” identifies a surprising number of ways that community involvement has health benefits for men ranging from reduced impact of a disability, improved dental health, reduced use of medications, lower levels of depression, reduced emotional distress and delayed onset of dementia.
The Who Will Care? Awards were launched in 2015 after research highlighted the importance of volunteering for a strong community, for now and in the future as the need for help and support from people in our communities grows.
The Awards celebrate thousands of individuals that are supporting each other within the communities of Essex.
The supervisors at all the Essex Sheds were put forward by the Essex Shed Network in recognition of all the hard work they contribute to the success of Men in Sheds in Essex and we are pleased to announce that they have received a certificate of commendation to acknowledge the acts of kindness and dedication to volunteering.
Read more about the Who Will Care? Awards here
The members of The Maldon Men’s Shed were honoured last week to receive the Mayor’s Award for Service to the Community at the Annual Town Hall General Meeting. Phil Kinsman, Chair of the Maldon Shed said, “The Shed only keeps going because of the commitment of all its members. We have specific volunteer roles but everyone gives of their time, so the award was for everyone.”
After the recent break-in at the Shed, the Mayor also very kindly gave £250 from the Mayoral Charitable funds. Since then the Maldon Shed has also received a number of donations of timber, hand tools and power tools. Two security companies have offered them advice and support about their security. All this goodwill has transformed what was a shocking and saddening experience.
Phil said, “We want to thank everyone who has helped and supported us over the last few years and especially the last few weeks. The Shed is open as usual and always happy to welcome new members.”
Maldon Shedders are resilient following the disappointing discovery that their Shed building had been broken into.
The Shed which operates out of the old mortuary building at Maldon Cemetery was broken into at the beginning of the week. The exact time of the burglary is unknown as the discovery was only made on Wednesday morning when the Shedders arrived to open their regular session. Thieves had gained access to the building via the destruction of the key safe hidden on the premises and early assessments are that around £3,500 of tools have been taken.
Phil Kinsman, Chair of Maldon Shed says “the Shed is the people not the building or the tools, so we’ll soon be back on track. Let’s not let it discourage us”
The Shed will be open as usual this Saturday, closing for Easter Monday and then open as normal from Wednesday 19th April.
If you would like to show your support for the Maldon Shedders a Just Giving page has been set up for people to send messages of support and give donations that will be used to improve security at the Shed and enable the projects continued running.
Shed Community comes together to strengthen skills
Men from six Essex based Men in Shed projects came together recently to share knowledge and learn new skills.
The spring networking event of the Essex Shed Network, held at the Curlew in South Woodham Ferrers, offered the Shedders training from the ‘Funding Doctor’ – Corinna Hartwig and the opportunity to discuss health and safety in a Shed setting.
As well as some expert funding advice for the Sheds of Essex, Corinna delivered some up-to-date and specific new opportunities for income streams that small enterprises might look at in today’s tough funding environment.
In the afternoon, Maldon Shedder, Lance Kara, delivered a Q&A session on Health & Safety for Men in Shed projects. The Shedders were then able to stay on and socialise, sharing Sheds different progress and experiences.
Overall feedback on the event was positive with Shedders reporting increased knowledge on the focused subject areas, as well as a range of topics discussed through the informal networking opportunity the event provided. Topics discussed included membership and session costs, funding successes and codes of conduct.
The Spring Networking event of the Essex Shed Network will take place on the 4th April in South Woodham Ferrers. The event will be an opportunity for Shedders to meet each other and network and will also include a workshop on how to find funding for your Shed project and a Health and Safety Question and Answer.
Spaces are limited so booking in advance is essential if you would like to attend please contact Hamish on 07714 740642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a FREE event with refreshments and lunch provided!
On Thursday 23rd of February the Little Canfield Shed will be back open for business and welcoming Shedders to the fully equipped and operational Shed. Anyone interested please contact Clive on 01371 878400.
Promoting the launh of the Barnston Shed this week Maldon Shedder Steve Troop attended BBC Radio Essex with West Essex Shed Coordinator, Susan Hastings-Herbert. Following the interview he was asked to be part of a follow up film at the Maldon Shed.
The short film focusses on Shed projects and how they have helped those men who attend them. The film has been promoted on social media via BBC nationally, so we hope that it generates some great publicity for Sheds nationally, as well as here in Essex
View the film online here
The Southminster Shed is meeting again in the Memorial Hall, Southminster at 10.30 am on Thursday 2nd February. You will have a chance to meet other Shedders, see the Shed space and have a cuppa.