Shed load of money helps fund health and wellbeing workspace
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.