Norwich Men’s Shed – General Meeting: 7 pm on Thursday 4th February. This meeting will formalise the establishment of the Association which will take over running the Shed. A draft of a constitution will be available on display in the Shed next week and will be presented to the meeting for any changes and adoption. Officers for the Association will also be elected at this meeting. It is a very important for the future of the Shed; please come along if you can.
There is now heating upstairs as well as in the workshop, so you can’t use the cold as an excuse for not coming!
At the Norwich Men’s Shed we have been very busy. The wood stove is using up the off cuts from the machine room and providing a much needed source of warmth downstairs. Big thanks to Matt and Tim who have worked hard on this project! We have welcomed new visitors today, always good to see new faces. After a tour, cuppa tea and the induction paper work we have two new Shedders eager and ready to get started on projects. Some of the projects we have running today are a Cat Kennel, fitting new internal locks, carrying out work on our new CCTV system and completing a memorial chair for a Shedder.
There is always something going on and things for people to do and help out with. If you haven’t been to the Shed yet come and see us for a look around on a Tuesday or Wednesday at 2pm. Bye for now!
It’s my sad duty to report that Steve has passed away. It is thought it was a tragic accident at his home and as such was completely unexpected and a great shock to those of us who knew him.
Steve was a great driving force within the Norwich Men’s Shed and it will take us some time to come to terms with his passing. Please bear with us with regard to updates on this site in the meantime. I believe I speak for all the Norwich Shedders when I offer my deepest condolences to his family and close friends.
Steve’s funeral will be at 3:30pm on Thursday 19th November in St Faith crematorium. The family have said they will welcome all those who wish to attend.
We now have well over 120 Memebers annd counting if you are looking for daily updates best to follow us on Facebook as we dont seem to get much time to update the blog so often.
Lots of news can be found on the mens shed facebook page
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we are also in the process of setting up a new legal structure seperate from Mens Craft the founders of Mens Shed Norwich all good times ahead.
we are pleased to anounce we recently entered into an agreement to have items made by men at the shed sold at an outlet in the city centre http://missingkind.org/projects/castle-meadow/
if you feel like being Kind pop in and see them
we are also always happy to take donations of materials wood metals fixings tools computers electronics bikes car parts nuts bolts etc so check in your shed or garage for unwanted items that we could use please
TA DA !! its the Shed Open Day tomorrow, Wednesday 17th June, 10 – 5 pm
Bring your friends and family (yes, women and children are welcome!).
What’s on meet the “shedders”
Taster activities downstairs in the workshop.
And a Blacksmithing demonstration outside maybe even get the chance to have a fully supervised go? health and saftey depending on your attire sandles and shorts a not possible.
Upstairs … various activities to support your health and wellbeing (after all, it is Men’s Health Week!) including…
free Health MoT’s
mini sessions on various health topics run by My Time Active and MIND
try some healthy cooking with Joy of Food – then get to eat it for a donation if you feel you can.
Also leave some room for some … BBQed beefburgers (or veggie Linconshire sausages) cooked on our own Shed made BBQ with locally sourced Quality wholesome beef from Swannington Farm to Fork and a Quality Sourdough floured bap From Pye Baker of Norwich, with money raised going towards shed funds.
Refreshments: Tea Coffee and lemon and orange squash available through out the day
47-51 pitt street opposite the mirror and framing center
Also our Neighbours Print to the people willl be open so why not pop in to see wht they also have on offer we look forward to seeing you at our new place come and check us out.
‘Out of making, spring relationships’ – the Norwich Men’s Shed is a physical resource to assist with men’s well being and to offer purposeful activities to aide this. It offers the chance for men to put their practical and craft skills to good use and to help encourage social interaction. It offers a practical approach in addressing a variety of men’s issues. We work with men from 18 years old and upwards, who may have struggled with for example, bereavement, retirement, long term unemployment, disability, depression, poor health, social isolation and/or other difficulties and social disadvantage.
The context we set up the Norwich MenShed in June 2014 is:
• Four times as many men than women commit suicide
• Men are twice as likely to be referred to mental health services
• Only 23% of men would see their GP if they felt low for more than 2 weeks
• Men experience greater isolation than women when not in work, education and retired.
• Men commonly do not access mainstream community information and advice services
The Shed offers the opportunity for ‘getting out of the house’ and engendering a sense of belonging and positive relational experiences with other men. They provide a place where men can meet, make things and put the world to rights! We can provide significant enhancement to the work done in preparing men to enter / re-enter the workforce. The Shed is an invaluable pre-employment opportunity for those who have been in social isolation, struggling with particular difficulties that prevent them from working and offers purpose and meaning as a way to re enter the jobs market. It is also an invaluable means for inter-generational interactions i.e. for older men to share skills and offer informal mentoring support for younger men.
It is a considerably different offer to any that otherwise exists in Norwich that adds to the character and culture of the City. It offers opportunities for volunteering, for men to contribute their skills and knowledge and to build local community assets. The Shed can offer a considerable additional community benefit when it links up to other local activities and services i.e. a school needs billboards made for its next Fete – the men can make one. We produced a pop up Shed in less than a week to contribute to the Mental Health Festival in the City earlier this year.
We have already established strong links with the local community. We have many donations in kind in the form of equipment. We have already worked on a number of collaborative projects in the community and referral agencies i.e. through Age UK Norwich, Norwich Mind, the Norfolk Recovery Partnership, police and probation services, Neighbourhood teams, Housing Associations and the 4Women resource centre.
We have a established and an enthusiastic volunteer management committee and a clear understanding that over time MensCraft will withdraw from the day running of the Shed – with responsibilities and activities being taken on by the ‘Shedders’ over the next 12 months. MensCraft is prepared to remain as the accountable and incorporated vehicle for legal and financial matters in the foreseeable future until such time that the Norwich MenShed has the capacity to do so. .
We are keen to maintain the momentum we have created over the last few months. We need support with developing the next phase. Some 90 men have accessed the Shed since May 2014 but we want to reach more men across the city and increase the numbers attending regularly. We want to ensure the Shed is self sustaining by increasing the trading of products made in the Shed to cover running costs. A coordinator will assist with funding, promotion, networking, organising and developing the skills and knowledge of the voluntary management group and clean up the building. We also wish to develop wrap around activities i.e. link with a local healthy eating catering group when doing open days and therapeutic workshops looking at issues important to the ‘Shedders’.
here is a new video we made for our community funding bid to Aviva Norwich
Message From Andy Wood
Welcome to this edition of the Norwich Men’s Shed Bulletin, particularly to the new Shedders amongst you; this will be your first bulletin as I haven’t done one for while. Since we re-opened in February after our move to Pitt Street in January, we have had a steady stream of visitors leading to an upsurge in new members: we now have over 50 shedders! If you’ve not been down to see the new place, what are you waiting for – get shedding!
Open All Hours!
Opening times for visitors and new shedders as well as members, remain as published: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 2 – 5 pm and Thursdays 7 – 9 pm Once you’ve had your induction and become a member, there are additional times you can attend. These are from 11 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Your Help is Needed
We’ve also set aside Monday afternoons (2 – 5 pm) to do development and maintenance work on the building. This place has got bags of potential but more needs to be done to bring other areas of the building into a usable state. We would really appreciate a few more people showing up for this. Come and get involved! We are particularly keen to get a good turn out on Easter Monday (6th April) to work with our new neighbours at clearing up the shared outside space. We’ll be hiring a skip to get rid of the rubbish that’s accumulated. We can create some more car parking and even a garden! Access to the old lean-to’s will also enable us to make use of them for storage and bike park and possibly create an area for car maintenance and blacksmithing.
Have You Got a Trades or Professional Background in Woodwork or Metalwork?
If you have, we need your help to ensure other users know how to use the machinery correctly. Its purely about ensuring safe use, not about skills development. Could you spare an afternoon to help us clear others as ‘Competent Users’? Please give me a call or see me or Paul at the Shed.
The Norwich Hackspace group are using the Shed on the evening of Monday 30th March for a joint meeting between us and them. I wasn’t sure what a ‘hackspace’ is, so here’s Marion’s description:
“Hackspace activities are as diverse as the members and can include cooking, knitting, felt-making as well as engineering, woodwork, electronics
The main difference (with Shedding) probably is the funding model, women and a higher emphasis on new technology and cutting edge digital tools – ie expensive equipment that individuals can’t afford.”
Yes, there will be women in the Shed (but not during a Men’s Shed session though)! Do come along and see what you make of Hackspace.
Like a Bit of Drama?
Also, Martin, one of our regular Shedders, is running a community theatre project on Sunday afternoons, and he’s very keen to involve more Shedders. He needs musicians, and set makers as well as budding thespians! Contact Martin to find out more via the shed.
Whittling Returns on 16th April
Pre-Christmas members will remember that Thursday evenings usually meant the chance to do some whittling and green woodworking in sessions run by Graeme. And now he’s back! Graeme has volunteered to run green woodworking on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Green woodworking uses wood cut straight from the tree and pre-electricity powered tools: so that’s carving knives and foot-propelled pole lathes. Graeme will provide all equipment and show you how to do it.
New Leaflet Ready
With a big thanks to Nic, our new, full colour leaflet is ready to be rolled out across our fine city. Please do pick some up from the front desk and distribute them where you can.
The regular Users group meeting: every Tuesday 1 – 2 pm.
The Shed and MensCraft now have a new shared number: (01603) 627074 and 07584 253 441
Look forward to seeing you down the Shed
Norwich Mens Shed to re-open Tuesday 3rd February at 2 pm
47 – 51 Pitt Street, Norwich, NR3 1DE (opposite the mirror and framing centre on Pitt street near the Duke Street/inner ring road roundabout)
Contact number 07584 253 441 (Andy)
Thanks to everyone who has inquired about the Shed over the past month, and thank you for your patience. As hoped, we are ready to re-open our doors at our new premises to existing and would-be shedders. Visitors and inquirers may visit us on the following days. You will receive a warm welcome by our ‘meeter and greeter’ for the day. He will show you around, take some details and find out your interests. Get straight into something or take your time to suss us out. All levels of skill catered for. Get on with your own project or get involved in one of ours. Help is on hand for beginners or those just wanting to try some activity. No pressure to do any activity just come for a chat and a cuppa ! Currently we have woodworking, green woodworking, metalwork, mechanics, music and electronics pc repair and build activities. We now have space to develop new projects and activities so it’s a great time to pay us a visit and share your thoughts on things you would like to do.
Public opening Times at the Shed*
Initially at least we will resume our previous opening times, although these will be reviewed once we get back to normal:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 2 – 5 pm;
- Thursdays 7.00 – 9.00 pm
* There are additional opening times for members. Membership is free to anyone once a basic induction into our values, operational practices and safety procedures has been complete.