Don’t Just Sit There….. A health event for men

Don’t just sit there is an exciting event taking place just to mark Men’s Health Week 2018.

Taking place on Monday 18th June from 12:30pm the event will feature stand up comedy from John Ryan who addresses the serious business of health in an engaging and amusing way.

Hosted by BBC Essex DJ Ronnie Barbour Don’t Just Sit There looks at the funny side of men’s health whilst offering the opportunity to find out more about local activities to help men get active and stay healthy. The audience will also hear from a professional pop up panel – a series of professionals asked to explain themselves in just four minutes and will also be able to take part in a real warm up event led by James Taylor of Greenfields Housing Association in Braintree.

Being held in the Transition in Chelmsford this free event includes lunch and an opportunity to meet with local charities and groups who provide support to men in Essex.

Find out more and book online at https://dont_just_sit_there.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions about this event please contact Hamish on 01621 851891 or email hamish@maldoncvs.org.uk

Occupation of Milking Shed now official

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 r.adams389@btinternet.com

Men in Shed projects expand to reach more

The Essex Shed Network is launching a new pilot project, in partnership with West Essex Community Men’s Sheds to offer a social opportunity for men who may not be able to access the traditional workshop spaces provided by Men in Sheds projects.

The Shed inside project, which will launch in early January, will enable participants to benefit from the ethos of the Sheds by coming together and increasing their social network.

Sessions will run on alternate weeks and will initially be delivered across two locations; Great Dunmow and Asheldham on the Dengie Peninsula. Held in local community day centres they will feature opportunities to take part in a range of fun and engaging activities and games that will provide scope for social interaction, conversation and enrichment opportunities.

Hamish Macdiarmid the Essex Shed Network Coordinator says

 “Men in Shed projects provide fantastic social spaces for men however due to the workshop environment there are some people who cannot take part, usually for health and safety reasons. The Shed inside project aims to extend the reach of Sheds to include everyone and provide the same camaraderie and friendships to people who can be even more at risk of loneliness.”

To find out more contact Catherine on 01621 851891 (Maldon District) or Susan on 01370 878400 (Great Dunmow).

Shedders Fair

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.

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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

Men’s Shed ‘Toolkit’ Launched

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.

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Essex Shed Network Quiz

As part of the Essex County Council’s ‘Art of the Possible’ festival, the Essex Shed Network (ESN) facilitated by the Maldon & District CVS, held a Quiz Night on Monday 30th October, at Witham Public Hall. It was a chance for shedders to meet and talk to others and also the opportunity to learn more about the Men in Shed Projects.

There were six teams present who were all competing for the winning prize! Out of these six teams there were five Shed’s represented, including Cressing, Maldon, Thundersley, West Essex and Dengie.

It was a fun evening which received lots of positive feedback. Fellow shedder’s said they found the quiz ‘interesting,’ ‘informative’ and ‘entertaining.’ The winning team were the ‘Famous Five’.

Those who attended agreed that the questions were challenging, yet very organised and well delivered. Overall, it was a great quiz night and a bigger battle of the ‘Shed’s heads’ in the future, is definitely on the cards!

£1,000 available for local projects

A new fund from Recycle for Essex has been launched that might be of interest to Essex Sheds. The Essex Community Reuse Fund wants to support local projects that

  • Inspire people and communities to be creative and sustainable with their waste
  • Provide skills and opportunities to build an environmentally sustainable community
  • Make use of recycled, reused or reclaimed materials from the household
  • Reduce the amount of reusable household waste being thrown away

If your shed takes in household waste to refurbish and up-cycle take a look at whether this fund could be for you. They are looking to support local ideas which will inspire people and communities to be creative and sustainable with their household waste and provide skills and opportunities to build an environmentally sustainable community.

Pledges of up to £1,000 match funding are available. Find out more here

Please note: This fund is only available in the Essex County Council area!

The European Woodworking Show

This weekend saw the European Woodworking show take place at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex. The Essex Shed Network hosted a stall and display at the entrance to talk to show goers about Men in Sheds.

Over the weekend Shedders from five Essex Sheds took turns in manning the stall. There was an opportunity to get to know each other and discuss the differences between their sheds but also to talk to hundreds of people about Sheds.

Visitors to the stall included people from Sheds in other parts of the UK and wider keen to know what is happening here in Essex, local people interested in getting involved and tradesmen/skilled craftsman finding out more.

Over the weekend we spoke to hundreds of people with some key contacts being made. Some quotes from the day:

“Pleased I came, I learnt lots about Sheds” 
“Really impressed with the infrastructure for Sheds in Essex”
“I’m looking for somewhere I can keep my hands busy”
“We saw you here last time, great to see the project is doing so well”

Essex Shed Network is hosting a Quiz Night

Quiz night words and fireworks 

The Essex Shed Network, as part of Essex County Council’s Art of the possible festival, is hosting a Quiz night on Monday 30th October at Witham Public Hall.

It is an opportunity to test your quizzing knowledge but also a chance to meet the Essex Shedders. Existing Shed members can network, share their expertise and meet fellow Shedders. Potential Shedders can come along and learn more about Essex Sheds and hopefully get inspired to get involved.

To book a place visit the Art of the possible website

Or for more information please call: 01621 851891