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   

Barnston Shed Drop-In Event

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Following some improvement works to make it more comfortable, Barnston Shed is re-opening and to celebrate we are holding a ‘drop-in’ day with tea, coffee and cake on Saturday 2nd March between 10am and 1pm.

The Barnston Shed is in a wonderful rural location not far from Barnston village. It’s a fully equipped Shed and ready to be used, so if you are interested in joining Barnston Shed – or would like to find out more – then please just turn up on the day!

Parking is available on site, location here – https://goo.gl/maps/BNDeNRXyB9U2 . Look out for signs as you turn onto High Easter Road from the B1008 in Barnston.

If you’d like further information please contact us at esn@maldoncvs.org.uk

Sheds on the Airwaves

Sheds have been featured on two different BBC Essex Radio Shows recently;  Dave Monk’s Drivetime Show on 14th February and BBC Essex Quest on Sunday 17th February.

The Dave Monk interview with Maldon Shedder Steve Troop was a very open and honest account of a man hit rocking bottom, before starting on the road to recovery and how attending a Men’s Shed contributed to that.

Dave Monk Interview

Also, Clive Emmett, CEO of CVS Uttlesford and partner in the Essex Shed Network, gave further information and insight about Shed projects over a phone interview.

The full interview can be listened to here starting at 2hrs and 8mins in

Following the launch of Harlow Shed and the attention it gained locally and on social media, BBC Essex Radio got in touch with ESN to ask if Harlow Shed could be part of  Essex Quest- a treasure hunt show where presenters are directed to different locations by solving clues.

Essex Quest @ HarlowSo it was that Harlow Shed became a part of the show on Sunday 17th February and founding Shedder Martin Wedgwood was there to meet the presenters along with Clive Emmett (again!). As well as giving the frantic Essex Quest team their next clue, Martin and Clive gave an interview about Harlow Shed and what Sheds are all about, if you’d like to hear this then click here, the Shed features from around 1hr 37mins.

Harlow Shed Launch Event!

After months of preparation and planning, the Harlow Men’s Shed is ready to launch! The container (which was transformed into a Shed at a location in Barnston) was carefully transported to Harlow by lorry, where a team carefully maneuvered it into position at its new site in Harlow Town Park.

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The official launch will be held on Friday 8th February at 10am – 12.30pm 

There will be a short opening ceremony followed by talks from Clive Emmett, CEO of Uttlesford CVS on the Essex Shed Network, plus an Essex Shedder will give their account of how their Shed has benefited them.

Refreshments will be available  and the Essex Shed Network team will be on hand to answer questions or generally talk Shed with anyone and everyone!

Parking is available at Netteswell Cross Car Park (Map below) which is approx 5 minutes walk from the Shed- follow the signs saying ‘Harlow Shed’ from the car park.

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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

Outreach Officer pack

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
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  • 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


Essex Shed Network awarded National Lottery Funding!

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.

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Christmas Dinner & Quiz 2018

ESN Xmas LogoJoin us for Christmas Dinner at St Marks College, Audley End, Saffron Walden on the evening of Wednesday 19th December. Shedders, friends of Sheds, benefactors of Sheds and their family and friends are all welcome to join us from 6.15pm for welcome drinks before sitting down for a hearty three course meal followed by a brain teasing quiz.

Come and celebrate in festive fashion another year of growth for Men’s Sheds in the Essex Shed Network!

Tickets are just £10 per person and can be booked by clicking the button below-

Eventbrite - Essex Shed Network Christmas Dinner