We have recently commenced the Women In Sheds at our Penge Shed. It runs on Thursdays currently and all women over 50 are welcome to come along and find out what it's about.
We have been very fortunate to have received funding from Tesco's One Stop Shop in Penge through their Groundwork Organisation.
Groundwork began as a simple idea: if communities help the environment, the environment will help communities.
This is still our approach today. By bringing people and the environment together with practical local action, we have an impact that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. Grants will be available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’.
What has driven the need for a Women's Shed?
Following on from the success of the Men In Sheds project we are looking to start a Women In Sheds project. Men and women, for the most part, have very different needs as we age. Men are frequently isolationist in attitude, rarely asking for help when things go wrong. Men also link their self-esteem with their jobs, so retirement is frequently a serious challenge to them. While women can suffer the same problems they tend to be more social and find others with whom they can socialise and empathise more readily. Having said that we are frequently asked about a Shed for women and of course we listened! As we move forward the Women’s Shed will define itself by the activities undertaken. There has been a significant interest in understanding more about DIY and woodworking for its own sake but there are many possibilities and can be based upon sharing and learning new skills. There are a number of Women’s Sheds across the country and AgeUK has not been slow in answering the call. AgeUK Cheshire has being running a 6 month pilot (click here to learn more). There are a few more independent ones and one excellent example is the Colwyn Bay She Shed, where women undertake woodworking projects or simply socialise. There is an interesting article in the Mail Online - published last year that talks about the increasing need for women to have a place they can call their own. We have received a donation from Carriers for Causes, but we need to ensure its continued success. If you'd like to participate you are welcome to come along on Thursdays or alternatively, if you would like to make a contribution, please visit this page.