Men’s Sheds ‘Inspiring Essex’

Essex County Council filmed Chelmsford Men’s Shed as part of their Future of Essex series showcasing community initiatives from across the county. It’s a great series of films about the initiatives that are out there and the people who work hard to maintain them. The full series is available to view on the Inspiring Essex page of The Essex Map website.

Sarah Troop Laskar of Essex Shed Network provided dialogue for the Men’s Shed film which featured the Chelmsford Shedders and Peter Brooks of Chelmsford CVS (custodians of the Chelmsford Shed project).

Chelmsford Shed are currently over-subscribed and desperately need extra volunteers to supervise additional sessions. So if you watch the video and want to get involved please drop us a line and we’ll pass your details along.

ESN partners shortlisted for NAVCA Awards 2019

Essex Shed Network partners Maldon and District CVS and CVS Uttlesford were this week shortlisted for an award in the inaugural NAVCA awards, recognising the contribution of voluntary sector infrastructure across the country.

The nomination,which was received in the Collaboration and Partnership category, was in recognition of the strong partnership work that had taken place between MDCVS and CVSU to set up the Essex Shed Network and procure three year funding from the National Lottery for the development and expansion of Men in Shed projects across the county.

MDCVS Director Sarah Troop said “I’m immensely proud that Maldon and District CVS and CVS Uttlesford were shortlisted in this category. The fellow nominees are all so impressive so to be recognised alongside them is a great achievement for our small teams”

CVSU Chief Exec Clive Emmett said  “I was extremely pleased to have been shortlisted for these new NAVCA awards and count ourselves privilaged to reach the point we did in the process considering the strong field. I am also very pleased that it was in partnership with our colleagues at Maldon CVS, an organisation we find it very easy to work with collaboratively.”

Read more about the awards, winners and other shortlisted organisations here https://navca.org.uk/navca-awards-winners 

New Members of the Essex Shed Network Team

We are pleased to welcome on board Tracey Hall, Outreach Officer and Matt Hume, Shed Development Officer. Both Tracey and Matt will be helping to support existing Sheds whilst working hard to establish new Men’s Sheds and Shed Inside projects across the county.

Tracey has worked in the charity and voluntary sector for 15 years, starting as a PTA committee member and school governor before going on to become the Royal British Legions Community Fundraiser and Volunteer Manager for Essex. More recently Tracey worked at Anglia Ruskin Universities Students’ Union as their Volunteer coordinator.

A large part of Tracey’s role at Essex Shed Network will be applying her experience to developing Shed Inside projects. Shed Inside was developed for people unable to attend a Men’s Shed for health or mobility reasons. A Shed Inside offers smaller projects and games whilst still offering the social interaction and peer support that are so fundamental to Men’s Sheds. And that’s something which Tracey is keen for all members of the community to have access to-

“I am very excited to start taking the Shed Inside concept to the next level and introduce it to new partners – community hubs such as libraries and hospices are perfect venues for hosting Shed Inside sessions”

Matt has have been involved with local Government work since January 2016 working at Plume Academy’s Special Educational Needs Department and more recently for Maldon District Council as a Community Protection Officer.

“I love meeting new people, travelling and helping local communities. I play a number of instruments in my spare time, hold a BA(Hons) in Music Production and I’m an amateur calligrapher”

Like many Shedders Matt holds more than one string to his bow! His energy and drive will be an asset in ensuring that new Sheds receive all the help, guidance or support they need to get off the ground and be successful.

tracey@essexshednetwork.co.uk or 07935 216806

matt@essexshednetwork.co.uk or 07935 216808

Potential Funding Opportunity for Sheds

The Calor Rural Community fund offers rural off grid communities the chance to win funding for projects that will improve local life.

Projects with a value of up to £10,000 will be eligible to apply for a funding grant between £1,000 and £5,000 to support their chosen project. Projects supported by the Fund may include for example adult learning classes, new furniture for the village hall, or providing new equipment for youth clubs and other similar groups.

Applications for funding are divided into three categories: £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000 and winners from each category are carefully selected following a three stage process:

  1. Organisations must first submit a proposal application and which will be screened by Calor to check that it has met the eligibility criteria,
  2. The general public will vote for the application that they would like to see win a grant. Applications with the highest number of votes from each grant category at the end of the voting period will be deemed as finalists, and
  3. The winners from each grant category will selected by an independent panel of judges with the highest score based on a number of criteria.

Eligibility criteria:

  • has been in existence for a minimum of 6 months;
  • is a not-for-profit organisation;
  • exists for the benefit of the wider community and not the individual;
  • operates on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law,)
  • is non-politicalproject must be capable of completion within 12 months of the date of the grant if successful;
  • be carried out in the UK for the benefit of an off-grid rural community in England, Scotland or Wales

Applications to receive a grant for a project will start on 5 March 2019.

Entrants must register their details www.calor.co.uk/communityfund