To mark Mens’ Health Week 2018 the Essex Shed Network was pleased to support Don’t Just Sit There – a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and laughter with award winning comedian John Ryan.
Informative and at times bellyache laughingly funny, John’s connection with the audience and handle on the health issues that men may face made for a tremendous afternoon.
Shedders from across Essex were also entertained by BBC Essex’s Ronnie Barbour who compered and talked about some of his own health challenges in a light and amusing way!
Men and women were given more detail around some men’s health topics delivered by a panel including, Prostate UK and local Prostate and men’s health charity CHAPS, Diabetes UK, Provide and the Samaritans. There was also information on local activities and ways to keep you active and well.
“Very well done. Eye opener” an Essex Shedder
Feedback from the event was positive with the audience going away with a better understanding of what health issues they might encounter and what to do about them.
One Shed lead has been so inspired that he wishes to put on a very similar event in the south of the County… we will keep you posted!
On Tuesday 17th April the Essex Shed Network held an information event for potential shedders at Potash Garden Centre in Hawkwell. There was a presentation by the Essex Shed Network Co-ordinator about what the ESN is and the work that it carries out across Essex. The meeting gave a chance for men to meet one another and find out a bit more about the future plans for the Hawkwell shed, the site and to have any of their questions answered.
The presentation was enjoyed with complementary coffee and cake and there was the opportunity for potential shedders to mingle and to find out more. Victoria from Rayleigh and Rochford Voluntary Service was present and gave a short talk on her experience of sheds and what they can bring to the men who create and take part in projects.
The day was a success as over 10 shedders signing up to help with the prepping days in the following weeks. There was the chance to have a look at the container on site and to get a feel for the type of work they could take part in. If you would like to be involved please contact Rich on 07540 724275.
On the 5th of April at Ingatestone Hall the Chair of the Maldon Shed and the ESN Coordinator gave a talk to over 80 patrons of the ECF.
They talked on what the Sheds of Essex were achieving and some of the fun and games and benefits of being involved in Shed projects. The theme of the evening was reducing loneliness and isolation and the need for more work in communities to address these issues.
It is hoped that a greater awareness of Shed projects in Essex and potentially some new funding opportunities will result in more Sheds and more men of Essex being involved.
There might also even be a new Shed space just North of Colchester that came out of this talk, so watch this space!!
On Tuesday 13th March the Essex Shed Network made a visit to the Hawkwell Baptist Church Shed site at Potash garden Centre.
During our visit we managed to have a look around the site, see the container and work out how much space there would be outside the Shed after the Shedders had finished clearing the area.
The new site is conveniently set up right next to the Potash Garden Centre with a complementary café which is likely to be visited by the new shedders on a regular basis, to share a coffee and to discuss the future of the shed.
There will an information meeting held at Potash Garden Centre in Hawkwell on Tuesday 17th April which will present the chance for potential shedders to find out more about what the shed has to offer. There will be information and a chance to talk to Shedders from other locations plus lunch is provided as the event is from 11am – 2pm.
For more information or to enquire about this event please contact Hamish by phone on 07714 740642 or by email at Hamish@maldoncvs.org.uk
If you are interested in joining this shed or would like to make a visit to the site please contact Richard Iles on 07540 724275 or email email@example.com