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We are looking for someone to join our team and take a lead on developing our communications and networking as well as supporting Sheds across Essex with information and advice.

The ideal candidate will have experience of managing websites, social media and communicating across a range of media including press releases, poster development and newsletters as well as experience of managing events.

Job details 
20 hours per week
£24,070 per annum, pro rata

The closing date for applications will be 5pm on 10th August 2018

Application pack

If you have any questions pleases contact Sarah Troop Laskar on 01621 851891 or email sarah@maldoncvs.org.uk

 

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Funding round open for Essex Community projects

The Essex Local Connections Fund will be running a funding round starting in Sept 2018. For you chance to get a pledge of up to £10,000 please follow the below steps :

    • Complete the expression of interest form asap
    • Create your page by 17 September – you will be matched to the Essex Crowd Round and can pitch online
    • Submit it for verification – involves checking your costs and permissions
    • Start your crowdfunding campaign by 29 September
    • Pledge decision from Essex in last week of October

If you want to be part of this funding round, then please email Tom on toms@spacehive.com.

Partnerships, recruitment and future plans

2018 has been a great year for the Essex Shed Network with new projects and partnerships being developed to extend the Shed community across the County.

Just last month we formalised a partnership with West Essex Sheds – hosted by CVS Uttlesford who have been developing Shed projects in the west of the county since 2015. This partnership marks the end of West Essex Sheds and a new beginning for the Essex Shed Network – we have developed a strategic vision, hosted pilot projects that enable more people to be involved with Sheds and increase the impact of Sheds and have a range of future plans.

Read more about everything we are doing in our August Update document or contact Sarah Troop Laskar on 01621 851891 or sarah@maldoncvs.org.uk

Read our update

 

Hawkwell Community Shed is launched!

The Hawkwell Community shed officially launched on the 18th of July.  Shedders welcomed visitors to see their handy work which included making the work benches and lining the container the shed operates out of themselves  and installation of the electrics.

The ESN Coordinator said a few words,  congratulated the Hawkwell Shedders on the work they had done to date and wished them all the very best and success in the future.

They have their first commission of planters for a nearby railway station and are also scheduled to work with ’Volunteer it Yourself’ to co build a socialising area on the side of the Shed.

The shed is in a container based at Potash Garden Centre and is open to both men and women over 18. If you are interested please contact Richard Iles on 07540724275.

 

New CEO of UKMSA

Charlie Bethel has joined the UK Men’s Sheds Association as Chief Officer.

Charlie comes to UKMSA with a wealth of experience from the third sector with over twenty years working in Paralympic Sport.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation where he has a portfolio that includes the Summer Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

Charlie is the former Chief Executive of British Wheelchair Basketball where he led the sport through tremendous growth in both participation and the structure of the organisation.

On joining the UKMSA Charlie said,

“‘I’m tremendously excited about the opportunity of working with the Trustees and everyone involved in Men’s Sheds across the UK.”

Don’t Just Sit There

To mark Mens’ Health Week 2018 the Essex Shed Network was pleased to support Don’t Just Sit There – a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and laughter with award winning comedian John Ryan.

Informative and at times bellyache laughingly funny, John’s connection with the audience and handle on the health issues that men may face made for a tremendous afternoon.

Shedders from across Essex were also entertained by BBC Essex’s Ronnie Barbour who compered and talked about some of his own health challenges in a light and amusing way!

Men and women were given more detail around some men’s health topics delivered by a panel including, Prostate UK and local Prostate and men’s health charity CHAPS, Diabetes UK, Provide and the Samaritans. There was also information on local activities and ways to keep you active and well.

“Very well done. Eye opener” an Essex Shedder

Feedback from the event was positive with the audience going away with a better understanding of what health issues they might encounter and what to do about them.

One Shed lead has been so inspired that he wishes to put on a very similar event in the south of the County… we will keep you posted!

ESN Supports new Mens Health Project

The Essex Shed Network is pleased to support a new social initiative aimed at supporting men to get healthy or stay healthy

BLOKES was launched in Maldon on Saturday and is a new social initiative for men in the Maldon District being set up with a wellbeing twist, it looks to encourage guys to get together to make positive changes in their lives  This new group will host monthly headline events and will help guys get together to share interests or to try something new.

Read more about the launch and project on the Maldon and District CVS website

Don’t Just Sit There….. A health event for men

Don’t just sit there is an exciting event taking place just to mark Men’s Health Week 2018.

Taking place on Monday 18th June from 12:30pm the event will feature stand up comedy from John Ryan who addresses the serious business of health in an engaging and amusing way.

Hosted by BBC Essex DJ Ronnie Barbour Don’t Just Sit There looks at the funny side of men’s health whilst offering the opportunity to find out more about local activities to help men get active and stay healthy. The audience will also hear from a professional pop up panel – a series of professionals asked to explain themselves in just four minutes and will also be able to take part in a real warm up event led by James Taylor of Greenfields Housing Association in Braintree.

Being held in the Transition in Chelmsford this free event includes lunch and an opportunity to meet with local charities and groups who provide support to men in Essex.

Find out more and book online at https://dont_just_sit_there.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions about this event please contact Hamish on 01621 851891 or email hamish@maldoncvs.org.uk

Hawkwell information event

On Tuesday 17th April the Essex Shed Network held an information event for potential shedders at Potash Garden Centre in Hawkwell. There was a presentation by the Essex Shed Network Co-ordinator about what the ESN is and the work that it carries out across Essex. The meeting gave a chance for men to meet one another and find out a bit more about the future plans for the Hawkwell shed, the site and to have any of their questions answered.

The presentation was enjoyed with complementary coffee and cake and there was the opportunity for potential shedders to mingle and to find out more. Victoria from Rayleigh and Rochford Voluntary Service was present and gave a short talk on her experience of sheds and what they can bring to the men who create and take part in projects.

The day was a success as over 10 shedders signing up to help with the prepping days in the following weeks. There was the chance to have a look at the container on site and to get a feel for the type of work they could take part in. If you would like to be involved please contact Rich on 07540 724275.

Essex Community Foundation (ECF) Spring Reception

On the 5th of April at Ingatestone Hall the Chair of the Maldon Shed and the ESN Coordinator gave a talk to over 80 patrons of the ECF.

They talked on what the Sheds of Essex were achieving and some of the fun and games and benefits of being involved in Shed projects. The theme of the evening was reducing loneliness and isolation and the need for more work in communities to address these issues.

It is hoped that a greater awareness of Shed projects in Essex and potentially some new funding opportunities will result in more Sheds and more men of Essex being involved.

There might also even be a new Shed space just North of Colchester that came out of this talk, so watch this space!!