An exciting opportunity is available for a Men’s Shed at a location between Langham and Boxted villages in Colchester. The potential Shed is a spacious barn that has been generously offered to the Essex Shed Network for conversion into a Men’s Shed!
The evening will be a chance for the community and local men to quiz us about Men’s Sheds, who we are and how we support Shed projects and the potential Colchester Shed itself. We also hope to have a couple of Shedders from existing Sheds available to explain more about what activities they enjoy at Sheds, and the benefits they have gained from being members of a Shed.
Refreshments will be available and all are welcome to attend that are interested in finding out more.
Following the introduction of Shed Inside sessions at the Ideas Hub in Chelmsford Library, we are pleased to announce that we have now partnered with MOAT Foundation to offer the same at their Fullbridge Mill Community Hub in Maldon.
The official launch date is Tuesday 21st May, so anyone who is interested is welcome to come down between 10am and 12pm to find out more over tea/coffee. The sessions will be run weekly on a Tuesday between 10am and 12pm and will offer men a safe space to engage in practical projects and talk ‘shoulder to shoulder’- just like the Shedders do in full-blown Sheds- but in a comfortable, accessible environment that avoids the use of major tools.
The MOAT Community Hub at Fullbridge Mill is a light and welcoming space that includes an IT suite as well as a large table for working on projects, plus a comfy seating area with riverside views. The location is 5 minutes from a bus stop (outside Tesco) and the building itself has wheel chair access and a lift.
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.
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.”
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.
We are looking for someone to join our team and take a lead on developing our communications and networking as well as supporting Sheds across Essex with information and advice.
The ideal candidate will have experience of managing websites, social media and communicating across a range of media including press releases, poster development and newsletters as well as experience of managing events.
This post has now closed for applications and we look forward to introducing our new Coordinator soon
The Essex Shed Network is pleased to support a new social initiative aimed at supporting men to get healthy or stay healthy
BLOKES was launched in Maldon on Saturday and is a new social initiative for men in the Maldon District being set up with a wellbeing twist, it looks to encourage guys to get together to make positive changes in their lives This new group will host monthly headline events and will help guys get together to share interests or to try something new.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the updated legislation relating to Data Protection that becomes enforcable from the 24th May 2018.
It requires that organisations that process data have policies in place about how it is collected, used and stored and have a lawful basis for their processing. These processes must be accessible and clear to people whose data you hold.
Most Men in Shed projects will hold a database of members which will include information that is classed as personal data such as contact name, address and phone number. You may also record their age or information on health conditions which are defined as special categories of personal data.
For personal data you must demonstrate a lawful basis for your use of the data and for special categories you must demonstrate both a lawful basis and an “additional condition”
More information on GDPR and steps you can take to be compliant are in our new information sheet that you can download from our Resources Page. The Essex Shed Network can also offer workshops on GDPR, if you think this would be of interest please get in touch with Hamish on 01621 851891 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.