Heatons Men In Sheds is delighted to have been awarded £480 from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.
This money will be used to buy tools for our wood workshop.
To attract the members, who are mainly retired; unable to wotk; or new to the area, Heatons’ Men In Sheds have built a woodworking shop in the basement of St Paul’s Church. This has involved, clearing it out, painting, installing benches, installing dust extraction, and appealing for donations for old Tools. However many of the tools donated, are not working or of poor quality. We wish to encourage more members, and current members to keep attending, by having a workshop that has more / better tools that they would ordinarily have in their own (solitary) home sheds/garages. Better tools allow the members to learn new skills, work more safely, and produce a better finish. Our output is mainly community based, so we work with other community groups (eg friends of local parks, the station and various areas and green spaces, to produce planters, bird boxes, benches, etc).
Using these tools, we want to continue our work supplying items for the local community, but being able to move from basic cutting and screwing to producing dovetail/finger/mortice and tennon joints will allow them to provide many more items. This is not to mention the pride and satisfaction that the members will feel when items like this are completed, this helps with their confidence, self esteem. Most importantly, it has brought them out of their house, and into a social area