Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sheds Grant Fund

Readers will be familiar with the Mens' Shed movement worldwide and its growth over the last few years in the UK. One of the recent developments over the last couple of years has been the collaboration between the Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, and the four national Shed Associations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It is now encouraging local community groups to apply for the latest round of its Sheds Grant Fund to finance community ‘Shed’ spaces and established Shed projects which are helping to tackle social isolation in older men. Grants are available from £250 to £1,000.

Data from the UK Men’s Sheds Association shows a rise from 164 open Sheds at the end of summer 2015 to over 450 now, while the Asda Foundation has funded 63 Royal Voluntary Service sheds in the past three years.

"At Royal Voluntary Service we see sheds as an ideal way for older people to stay active in their local community as well as having a go at learning new skills," said Abigail Hurrell, Sheds Project Manager at Royal Voluntary Service. "There’s a secret ‘Shedder’ in all of us and most people have a DIY project around the house that they haven’t got round to. Sheds provide an opportunity for people to get advice on all of those tricky jobs and build their confidence."

More details about the fund and how to apply here.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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