Help sup­port Shed spa­ces

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

GROUPS across Halton are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for a share of fund­ing to help sup­port the Sheds group.

Older peo­ple’s char­ity Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice (RVS) run the Sheds Grant Fund to pro­vide small scale fund­ing to Sheds wh­hich is look­ing for help with ei­ther set up or next stage de­vel­op­ment costs.

The fa­cil­i­ties are de­signed to al­low res­i­dents to come to­gether and take part in prac­ti­cal skills and ac­tiv­i­ties.

They are de­signed and run by their mem­bers and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to share tools, re­sources and skills in or­der to cre­ate, learn and de­velop so­cial net­works.

A Men’s Shed opened at Halton Haven Hos­pice in 2014.

It helps men who may be look­ing af­ter or car­ing for some­one with a life lim­it­ing ill­ness or those who have ex­pe­ri­enced the re­cent loss of a loved one.

It con­tains tools and work­benches, com­put­ers and a kitchen, which was do­nated and paid for by one of the men who at­tends for those who want to learn to cook.

Grants of be­tween £250 and £1,000 are avail­able and must be sub­mit­ted by Sun­day, March 5.

RVS sheds project man­ager Jo Phillips said: “Each Shed is unique due to its lo­ca­tion and the ac­tiv­i­ties that the mem­bers want to un­der­take in the space.

“Whether it is for wood­work­ing, gar­den­ing, model mak­ing, weav­ing or elec­tron­ics, we are delighted to be able to give a help­ing hand to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties who want to get a com­mu­nity based shed up and run­ning.”

The UK Shed move­ment fol­lows a blueprint from an Aus­tralian project and since the first Men’s Shed opened in the UK since years ago, there are now nearly 400 across the UK open­ing their doors.

Many sheds are cre­ated to en­able older men to come to­gether and work on ei­ther in­di­vid­ual or col­lec­tive projects.

The move­ment is in­creas­ingly ex­pe­ri­enc­ing younger men and women be­com­ing in­volved and ben­e­fit­ting from the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and prac­ti­cal skill shar­ing that are at their heart.

The fund­ing is pro­vided by the Asda Foun­da­tion.

Man­ager Julie Ward said: “The Asda Foun­da­tion is one of the many ways we can give some­thing back to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“That’s why we lend a hand to a wide range of good causes with which our col­leagues are in­volved with, shar­ing their pas­sion and help­ing to make a dif­fer­ence through a va­ri­ety of projects across the UK.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, an ap­pli­ca­tion form and guid­ance notes visit http://www.roy­alvol­un­tary­ser­vice.org.uk/sheds

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