The Shed Project wins award

Kapiti News - - News - Ros­alie Wil­lis

No strangers to the Welling­ton Air­port Re­gional Com­mu­nity Awards, The Shed Project Kapiti have this year taken out the ed­u­ca­tion and child/youth de­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory.

The supreme awards were an­nounced last week dur­ing an awards cer­e­mony held at Te Papa with fi­nal­ists from each of the five coun­cils in the Welling­ton re­gion Ka¯ piti, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Up­per Hutt and Welling­ton present.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously at­tended the awards cer­e­mony as fi­nal­ists af­ter be­ing the Ka¯ piti Ris­ing Star win­ners in 2015, be­com­ing the over­all ris­ing star win­ner and the Ka¯ piti Health and Well­be­ing win­ners in 2016, The Shed Project have shown how di­verse and suc­cess­ful their ser­vices are, this year be­ing a fi­nal­ist af­ter tak­ing out Ka¯ piti's ed­u­ca­tion and child/youth de­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory.

This year The Shed Project went one step fur­ther, win­ning the over­all ed­u­ca­tion and child/ youth de­vel­op­ment award beat­ing the other fi­nal­ists Can­nons Creek Box­ing Academy from Porirua, the Holo­caust Cen­tre of New Zealand from Welling­ton City, Te Ataarangi Up­per Hutt from Up­per Hutt and Te Awakairangi Ac­cess Trust (TAKA Trust) from Hutt City.

“We had an email from the coun­cil ask­ing to put a nom­i­na­tion in un­der this cat­e­gory,” said founder De­nis Wood.

“We were re­ally quite sur­prised to win it this year see­ing as we have quite a lot of di­ver­sity in this place.

“We work with men­tal health, we work with youth, and peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

“For us it's about the three keys — en­able, op­por­tu­nity and in­clu­sion — so we do a num­ber of things to ex­pose our guys to this.”

With many a project on the go and pro­vid­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence, skill train­ing, cre­ative art, wood­work skills, kapa haka and per­cus­sion pro­grammes, fit­ness, so­cial and recre­ational events The Shed Project has their hand in many pies, con­se­quently sur­pris­ing De­nis and the team to come out on top in the ed­u­ca­tion and child/youth de­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory.

Welling­ton Air­port brand and in­no­va­tion man­ager Jo Maxwell said, “The Shed Project Kapiti em­body the spirit of the com­mu­nity awards.

“Their ded­i­cated vol­un­teers put their heart and soul into cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity where ev­ery­one's con­tri­bu­tion is val­ued and ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Whether it is per­form­ing in the Avalanche per­cus­sion band, cre­at­ing in the art stu­dio, build­ing in the work­shop or tend­ing to the gar­dens, this is a place for ev­ery­one, ir­re­spec­tive of abil­i­ties, to par­tic­i­pate and ex­press them­selves.”

The Shed Project have around 80 peo­ple at­tend­ing their projects and ses­sions each week with their most re­cent project be­ing an art ex­hi­bi­tion that is cur­rently at Tu­atara's The Third Eye on Arthur St in Welling­ton un­til De­cem­ber 7.

For us it’s about the three keys — en­able, op­por­tu­nity and in­clu­sion . . . De­nis Wood

At the Welling­ton Air­port Re­gional Com­mu­nity Awards, from left, air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve San­der­son, The Shed Project Kapiti Avalanche band per­cus­sion leader An­dreas Lep­per, Welling­ton Com­mu­nity Trust chair­man Roger Palairet and The Shed Project Kapiti founder De­nis Wood.

Mem­bers of The Shed Project Kapiti with their award.

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