The Essex Shed Network are extremely pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding for a further three years from the Reaching Communities England, Big Lottery Fund. This will allow the Essex Shed Network (a partnership of Maldon & District CVS and Uttlesford CVS) to continue to provide Sheds with support and advice as well as facilitating development of new sheds across the county.
Clive Emmett, CEO of Uttlesford CVS welcomed the news “We are delighted and proud that the Essex Shed Network has been recognised by the Big Lottery Fund for its value in reducing loneliness and isolation amongst the vulnerable members of our communities, most notably men. The National Lottery funding gives us another three years to build on our successes so far and, importantly, to help build more Sheds!”
Sarah Troop-Laskar, Director of Maldon CVS agreed “Without a doubt this exciting news means our partnership can now focus on growing the network of Sheds across the county. We are looking to take on more staff, offer more training to Shedders, organise more events to give Sheds a chance to network, share knowledge and skills… just really fulfil the potential that the Essex Shed Network has shown over the last three years”
The Essex Shed Network would like to give a big thank you to Essex Community Foundation whose funding comes to an end March 2019, but without which the Network could not have achieved so much to date, including: 10 Sheds Opened, 9 Sheds in development, 5 Successful Shed Networking events, 20+ Shedders benefiting from training and 50+ Volunteers involved in Shed projects.
Looking ahead to the next three years the Essex Shed Network remains dedicated to helping as many communities as possible to have an accessible Shed; a place where men can talk shoulder to shoulder and know they are not alone in whatever they are going through.