The new Essex Shed Project at Cressing Temple had an official opening on Tuesday 23rd January. This Shed has been created by refurbishing the old milking shed and aims to give local men and women the opportunity to share their skills and meet other like-minded, wood crafts people.
Councillor James Abbott and Councillor Angela Kilmartin from Braintree District Council joined more than forty other guests at the ‘Cressing Temple Community Shed’ and made short speeches focused on the benefits of Shed projects.
The Shed project at Cressing evolved from an ongoing garden project at the site, which has history going back to the 11th Century Knights Templar. Essex County Council have backed the development and the Essex Shed Network worked with the Shedders to help them to register as a Charity, put policies in place and even provided some start up funding.
To get involved in this exciting new Shed please contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Hardie Park have some men, they have a shed, they have some tools – now they just need to make it work.”
In order to run the Hardie Park Shed they require trained supervisors. If you think this might be for you then click REGISTER to show your interest. If you would like to pop along to one of the shed sessions to see if it’s something you want to get involved with then pop down on a Friday morning at 10am.
Training will take place in January and the Shed will open in February on a Monday and Friday. There are two shed sessions being held each day and the cost will be £2 per session which includes tea and coffee.
Shedders Fair took place on the 23rd of November in Northampton and was attended by members of the Essex Sheds, including some from Maldon, Cressing Temple Community, ‘Beacon’ Shed Thundersley and West Essex Sheds.
It was a chance for the Shedders to come together and to network and share ideas with likeminded folk from all over the UK.
The Essex shedders were treated to a buffet lunch and a chance to ask questions and learn about how the Shed Network was developed and where it is today. There were several demonstrations of advanced woodworking tools and group sessions were run with information on the future development of the Shed Network nationally.
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
New Resource launched to help Men build sheds
The Essex Shed Network is launching a new Shed ‘Toolkit’ to support communities in Essex to set up Men in Shed projects. The Toolkit which covers topics like finding a venue, health and safety and policy development, promotion and funding also highlights the importance of Shed projects to men at risk of social isolation.
The launch of this new resource coincides with International Men’s Day on the 19th November 2017. This international awareness day highlights the health inequalities that exist between men and women including the global difference between life expectancies for men and women and increased male suicide rates.