Womens’ Shed opens this Satur­day

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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.

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