Category Archive Community Sheds

ByRichard Corby

Vacancy – Outreach Worker – Essex Shed Network

Outreach Worker – Essex Shed Network

Based at Maldon CVS, the Outreach Worker will support growth of the Essex Shed Network project and activities, particularly in relation to increasing the reach of the project through the provision of additional activities and resources – such as social groups, health activities and increased volunteering.

This is a full time post – 37.5 hours per week for a three year fixed term. Annual salary £24,050 with review in year two and three.

Closing date for Applications is 18th January 2019 at 5.00 p.m. Completed applications should be submitted to info@cvsu.org.uk

If you would like to discuss this exciting new role before applying, call Clive Emmett on 01371 878400 or Sarah Troop on 01621 851891.

ByRichard Corby

Vacancy – Development Worker – Essex Shed Network

Development Worker – Essex Shed Network

Operating from the Uttlesford Community Hub in Dunmow, you will be responsible for developing the Essex Shed Network across the county over the next three years. The Development Worker will support project growth and associated activities, particularly in relation to increasing the number of Sheds from the point of start-up and implementation, along with support sheds that are already established.

This is a full time post – 37.50 hours per week for a three year fixed term. Annual salary £24,050 with review in year two and three.

Closing date for Applications is 18th January 2019 at 5.00 p.m. Completed applications should be submitted to info@cvsu.org.uk

If you would like to discuss this exciting new role before applying, call Clive Emmett on 01371 878400

ByRichard Corby

Open event at new Radwinter Mens’ Shed

We are pleased to announce that the old cricket pavilion at the Radwinter recreation ground has been made available to the Essex Shed Network, in order to establish a Community Men’s Shed in this area of Uttlesford

A Men’s Shed project is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests, with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men, where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

We are holding an open event on Saturday the 17th of November 2018 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for any men 65 years plus, who would be interested in becoming members of this exciting project.
We will be available to talk with you about the Shed Project, tea, coffee and cake will also be provided.

We look forward to meeting you

ByRichard Corby

World Suicide Prevention Day

Monday 10th September is world suicide prevention day.

Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45 and it is rising in older men. 75% of all suicides in the UK are by men so this Suicide prevention day the Essex Shed Network wants to shine a light on the preventative role that Men in Shed projects can have.

There are many reasons why men may feel suicidal including periods of transition in their lives. Bereavement, retirement and poor health are all examples of why anyone may begin to feel isolated or depressed. Sheds bring people together and provide somewhere men can talk, shoulder to shoulder. Many Shedders will be in a position to relate to feelings associated with these transitions, they can offer a friend, support and understanding all in the form of a enjoyable hobby.

At the Essex Shed Network we know that Sheds make a difference and from talking to Shedders we know that the friendships at Sheds really do help when people are struggling with suicidal thoughts and their mental health.Read the stories of local Shedders David and Andy

For anyone struggling to cope, the Samaritans is there for you, around the clock every single day of the year. Please call them free at any time on 116 123. All calls are completely confidential.

ByRichard Corby

Men’s Health Week 2018

Thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun Men’s Health Week event we ran yesterday with our colleagues at Maldon CVS

We had a fun afternoon look at the very serious topic of men’s health, with our compere Ronnie Barbour from BBC Radio Essex

Ronnie introduced a range of guests and managed the panel discussion later in the afternoon.    He shared with us his own experience of mental health issues and encouraged men everywhere not to be afraid to speak up when they needed help.   This was a trend that ran through the afternoon – help is available but men are very bad at asking for it!

The main event of the afternoon was a session provided by stand-up comic, writer and broadcaster John Ryan who believes that if you can make people laugh you can make them listen – and he is right!   I think we all learned a lot from his presentation and enjoyed ourselves at the same time.

Thanks also to James from Greenfields Community Housing who provided a sit down exercise session, which is more tiring than you might think!  It’s something we can all take time out to do when we are sitting down, and as James said, just increasing your heart rate a little can have big benefits.  To find out more about chair based exercise contact James Taylor You can also download their poster here

Some useful men’s health links:

BySarah Huggett

Support us at Waitrose Community Matters

We have been successful in selection for Waitrose Community Matters in store. You will see our Men In Sheds project in the Saffron Walden store. When you get your shopping tokens please pick CVSU!

Saffron Walden Mens Shed Project

The funds raised will be used for the West Essex Community Mens Shed Project. It will provide a workshop environment for the benefit of local men. The aim of the project is to help combat the negative impact of loneliness & isolation.

Providing a space where men can feel valued, included, find peer support and improve their overall Health & Wellbeing. To find out more about the project click here.