APPEAL FOR ‘SHEDDERS’ AS RENEW MEN’S SHED OPENS ITS DOORS

Shedders needed for Swindon Renew
The Swindon Renew Men’s Shed project is seeking ‘shedders’ to come along and take part in activities when it opens up again on May 11th. 

Renew is an organisation which has been most successful in the town over the last three years. It’s part of the UK Men’s Shed Association, which has 600 projects across the UK.

Shedders needed for Swindon Renew - two men working on a chair

The aim of Renew

The aim of Renew is to help men and women with their mental well-being. How? By providing welcoming, supportive social spaces for them to pursue practical activities. make friends, reduce isolation and feel valued.Kevin Prosser runs the Swindon group. 

Kevin said: ‘Like many organisations, the pandemic stopped all our sessions. We focused instead in providing food parcels in conjunction with Swindon Night Shelter and selling the award-winning Frenchic Furniture paint. That helps us with the finance to keep going. It’s taken a while to plan and prepare a safe return to work. There will be some changes to what we but I’m proud to say we’re almost ready to go.’

One of the changes will be that the ‘shedders’ will be helping other community groups across the town. They’ll do that by creating new furniture or upcycling existing pieces. This month ‘shedders’ will be working on a bench and some woodwork and upcycling projects for Swindon Hub. They’re planning a new creative and community hub in the town centre. 

Learning a new skill or sharing a skill with others or working on projects for the community or an individual can help those we serve gain a renewed sense of purpose and belonging,” explained Kevin. 

Re-opening

The project will be open again from Tuesday May 11 at its premises at Chippenham Close Community Centre in Penhill. They’ll run men’s woodwork sessions on a Tuesday morning and upholstery sessions on a Thursday morning led by professional upholsterer, Erica Sawdon. She donates half a day a week to the project. The upholstery session is open to male and female ‘shedders’.

This month there’ll also be the opportunity for some one-off upcycling and woodwork workshops for the general public on a Saturday. That means everyone can get involved in helping with the community projects whilst learning or sharing a skill at the same time.

In the next few months, the plan is to offer a ladies’ craft club, sewing and art workshops. And also Christians Against Poverty Life Skills and Fresh Start courses.

Anyone interested in becoming a ‘shedder’ or wants to attend one of their Saturday workshops must book in advance due to Covid19 restrictions.

To find out more visit their Facebook page Renewswindon or call Kevin Prosser on 07540 726432.