Have you made friends at your Shed?

If so we want to hear more about those friendships and any other support you have had through your Shed: we’re inviting Shedders to come along to one of three focus groups* that we have arranged to tell us all about it over a tea/coffee. We’ll cover travel expenses and give each attendee a £10 Wickes voucher to show our appreciation for giving up your time.

The Focus Groups are being held as follows:

  • Maldon and District CVS offices, Holloway Road, Heybridge, CM9 4ER, on Monday 25th February 2019, 1.15pm for 1.30-2.30pm
  • Trust Links Community Shed, The Green House, Kiln Road, Thundersley, SS7 1TF on Tuesday 26th February, 10-11am. 
  • Little Canfield Shed, Blatches Gate, Church Lane, Little Canfield, CM6  1SR, on Thursday 28th February 2019, 1-2pm

If you are interested in taking part or have further questions then please contact either Gary or Catherine on 01621 851891 or email esn@maldoncvs.org.uk

*In April 2019 the Essex Shed Network needs to report on its third year to its funders. In order to show them how well the Network is doing, we need to collect some information through organised focus groups.

The focus groups will consist of an approximately 1 hour group meeting with 5-6 individual Shedders to ask questions about the friendships/support they have experienced at their Shed.

The meeting will be facilitated by MDCVS Projects Officer & social researcher Catherine Kennelly and Essex Shed Network Communications Coordinator Gary Nicholas.

The meeting’s discussion will be audio-recorded and transcribed for analysis. The taped meeting will only be listened to and transcribed by the Projects Officer. Quotes will be used to highlight the key themes emerging from the discussions but no names will be used to protect the individuals right to anonymity.

You will be asked to sign a written consent form stating that you give permission for your information to be recorded and used in the report. However you can change your mind at any point up to submission of the final report.

All the information collected will be stored in line with current data protection legislation.

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Radwinter Working Party

Essex Shed Network are holding a working party event Saturday 21st January to help transform the old cricket pavilion on Radwinter Recreation Ground (Saffron Walden) into a Men’s Shed.

The working party will be on site between 10am and 2pm.

Please bring along your own battery operated tools and a healthy dose of Shed ‘can-do’ spirit!


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We are recruiting!

The Essex Shed Network has been successful in being awarded funding for 3 years by the Big Lottery to expand their work in relation to this already successful project.

As such we now need to employ two new staff to support this exciting opportunity, the two roles are:

A Development Officer who will support the growth project and associated activities, particularly in relation to increasing the number of sheds, particularly at the point of start-up and implementation, along with supporting existing sheds.

An Outreach Officer who will support the growth project and associated activities, particularly in relation to increase the reach of these projects through additional activities such as social groups, health activities and increased volunteering.

These are full time roles – 37 hrs per week

Salary per annum £24050 on a 3 year Fixed Term Contracts

Development officer to be based in Dunmow, with travel across Essex

Outreach officer to be based with MDCVS in Maldon, Essex, with travel across Essex

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Development officer pack

Applications to be submitted by the 18th January 2019 by 5pm to CVSU, by email info@cvsu.org.uk

Interviews/Selection – will start the week of the 4th Feb 2019.

If you wish to discuss these roles and opportunities please call CVSU CEO Clive Emmett on 01371 878400 or MDCVS Director Sarah Troop on 01621 851891.

Emergency First Aid training available for Shedders

Essex Shed Network are pleased to be able to offer Emergency First Aid courses through Community 360 Voluntary Sector Training.

Shedders can learn how to respond in an emergency and will receive an accredited certificate on completion of the training. The course aims to give the trainee confidence in administering necessary first aid in the event of an emergency and will include:

  • What to do in emergency situations
  • Resuscitation and wounds/bleedingBob dV and Steve2
  • HSE regulations and responsibilities of being a first-aider
  • Further first aid treatments relevant to the participants’ work environment

The cost of the course is being covered by Essex Shed Network, all you need to do is book on one of the two dates/locations available:

13th February, The Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow-https://vst.community360.org.uk/events/emergency-first-aid-at-work-level-3-accredited-course-rqf-4/

5th March, Essex Young Farmers Centre, Chatham Green CM3 3LQ-https://vst.community360.org.uk/events/emergency-first-aid-at-work-level-3-accredited-course-rqf-3/

When booking please select the ‘Shedders Ticket Only’ and then confirm the Shed you are a member of in the ‘Organisation’ field, this is important for us to verify your booking.

Please contact us if you need further information or have any questions – esn@maldoncvs.org.uk, 01621 851891