Shed load of money helps fund health and well­be­ing workspace


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The Foun­da­tion is sup­ported by Bas­ingstoke­based Ax­i­ans UK, part of the VINCI En­er­gies group, and an Ax­i­ans spon­sor will vol­un­teer his time to over­see the prac­ti­cal work needed to com­plete the project.

Church Crookham and Fleet Men’s Shed is cur­rently based at Calthorpe Park School.

The Fleet school has al­lowed mem­bers to use their de­sign tech­nol­ogy room and tools un­til they have their own shed up and run­ning.

“Their tools in­clude wood and met­al­work lathes, pil­lar drills and band­saws and they have many work­benches,” said Al­lan Walker, chair­man of Church Crookham and Fleet Men’s Shed.

“We are grad­u­ally col­lect­ing to­gether our own tools to take with us to our shed when it is ready.

“We are busy work­ing on our own projects and jointly work­ing on var­i­ous com­mu­nity projects.”

The char­ity will re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port from the VINCI UK Foun­da­tion to put up a se­cu­rity fence and CCTV cam­eras at its new site.

An­drew Mul­heirn, a con­sul­tant at Ax­i­ans, will act as the char­ity’s project spon­sor and vol­un­teer his time to help with build­ing work.

The new ‘ shed’ will pro­vide a place where peo­ple can meet to make or mend things us­ing a wide range of tools, work on prac­ti­cal projects to­gether, share what they know with oth­ers and have fun.

The VINCI UK Foun­da­tion, funded by VINCI busi­nesses across the UK, sup­ports groups and char­i­ties which work to tackle ex­clu­sion, foster com­mu­nity in­te­gra­tion and im­prove ac­cess to em­ploy­ment and hous­ing.

Launched in early 2016, the foun­da­tion is unique in its sup­port for good causes due to its spe­cific fo­cus and pro­vi­sion of skilled vol­un­teers.

Rochdi Ziyat, board di­rec­tor of VINCI UK Foun­da­tion, said: “The sup­port pro­vided by the staff at VINCI’s busi­nesses, as well as the gen­er­ous fund­ing grants pro­vided, is what sets the VINCI UK Foun­da­tion apart as a sup­porter of com­mu­nity co­he­sion.

“For a sec­ond year, the foun­da­tion will make a real dif­fer­ence to the lives of the most ex­cluded in so­ci­ety and help to strengthen com­mu­ni­ties across the UK.”

Mr Walker added: “Our new shed will al­low our mem­bers to come to­gether and col­lab­o­rate on prac­ti­cal projects, giv­ing them a way to en­gage with peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and boost their health and well­be­ing.

“Fi­nan­cial sup­port from the VINCI UK Foun­da­tion, as well as the time vol­un­teered by our Ax­i­ans project spon­sor, will be in­valu­able in help­ing us to de­liver a vi­brant and stim­u­lat­ing space for our mem­bers.”

For more de­tails about the project, visit www. ccan­df­mensshed. org. uk.

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