Funding round open for Essex Community projects

The Essex Local Connections Fund will be running a funding round starting in Sept 2018. For you chance to get a pledge of up to £10,000 please follow the below steps :

    • Complete the expression of interest form asap
    • Create your page by 17 September – you will be matched to the Essex Crowd Round and can pitch online
    • Submit it for verification – involves checking your costs and permissions
    • Start your crowdfunding campaign by 29 September
    • Pledge decision from Essex in last week of October

If you want to be part of this funding round, then please email Tom on toms@spacehive.com.

Evaluation Report

In 2017 we carried out an evaluation of the Essex Shed Network and the impact that Shed projects have on Shedders health and wellbeing as well as case studies on individual shedders.

Results showed a range of benefits to Shedders including increased community involvement, confidence in social situations, levels of volunteering,  improvements in their day to day physical and mental health and decreased feelings of loneliness.

The Evaluation report can be downloaded from the resources page of our website

Latest Round of Shed funding opens

The Royal Voluntary Service funded by the Asda Foundation have today announced the opening of the Sheds Grant fund for applications to help support the set up of new Shed projects.

If you are Shed group run by volunteers who could use a grant of between £250-£1,000 then why not apply. Applications can be for

  • Tools and equipment
  • Building renovation costs – eg roofing/flooring materials
  • Revenue costs – eg rent/insurance contributions
  • Promotional materials

Round 3 of the grant programme opens on Monday 17th July and closes on Sunday 24th September.

For more information visit
https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteer/volunteers-leading-the-way/sheds 

Mens Health Week

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.

Move more – Eat well – Watch the booze

Read more online at the Men’s Health Forum website

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.