Womens’ Shed opens this Saturday
From this coming Saturday, sisters will be DIY’ing it for themselves with the opening of Rotorua’s first Womens’ Shed.
The Womens’ Shed is the brainchild of Jocelyn Jacobs, and it all began with a roadside discovery.
‘‘A draw I’d picked up off the side of the road,’’ she said.
Jacobs wanted to transform this find, but realising she didn’t have the necessary DIY skills approached Rotorua’s Mens’ Shed.
Realising from her own experience that there was a need for DIY classes for women, Jacobs began running Womens’ Shed events at the Mens’ Shed, attracting 13 members in just four months.
‘‘Some women didn’t even know how to hammer a nail,’’ she said.
Soon however, she realised it was ‘‘time for us to expand and move out’’.
‘‘We were both meeting different needs,’’ she said.
‘‘That kaupapa was to support men, and then there is a growing need for women too.’’
That was when she spotted the vacant property at the Ngongotaha Railway Park.
‘‘It made a lot of sense to collaborate [with the Railway Park], and they do welding and engineering there too,’’ she said.
Jacobs said the initial classes will be run by Noel Hahn, an experienced fitter of 48 years.
‘‘Women are going to come in at different levels, Noel as the expert, he’s going to arrange how to run the workshops.’’
June Easton is also working with Jacobs to get the Womens’ Shed established, and she said that it’s not just DIY skills that will be available to members.
‘‘It’s good to be there with other people and creating a place where women will come and where it’s safe to work and make new friends,’’ she said.
‘‘Plus it will obviously appeal to women who have things to fix up.’’
Jacobs said the Womens’ Shed would open its doors at 9.30am on Saturday October 7.
A year membership will cost $60, though will be available for $50 on the day.
‘‘There’s value in it for the amount of talent and experience they’re getting.’’
Rotorua’s Womens’ Shed is based at Ngonotgaha Railway Park, 12 Taui St.
Contact information is available on the Womens Shed Rotorua Facebook page and at 021 065 8329.