COMMUNITY SHED LOOKING FORWARD TO RE-OPENING AND KEEPING WARM WITH GRANT

Crewkerne Shed is looking forward to re-opening its doors to members on Tuesday May 18th and being able to offer the local community its FIX-IT! Programme again. Weekly workshop sessions at the community shed premises in East Street will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 1 pm, with a limit of six members attending at any one time. Sessions must be pre-booked and it is still a safety requirement to wear PPE and use the hand sanitiser frequently.

Crewkerne & District Shed is also pleased to announce that the Abri Community Fund has awarded them a grant of £2,500, to heat the premises and provide a better working environment for members, during the colder months. Chair of Crewkerne Shed, Pat Cooke said: “The Crewkerne Shed does invaluable work in targeting social isolation in the Crewkerne area, as well as taking on projects for other charities and good causes. We are very grateful to the Abri Community Fund for providing this grant, which is essential to ensure that we are able to carry out our work to make a real difference to people’s lives and physical and mental health, during the colder months of the year.”

Abri is one of the South of England’s largest housing providers, creating thriving communities and empowering lives with its £15m five-year investment. Abri is making sure that they’re driving change where it’s needed most and their community fund provides opportunities for local organisations to help make their communities a better place to live. Janet Howarth, Enterprise Investment Co-ordinator at Abri said: “We believe that the best ideas come from the people who know and live in their communities. And when people living in that area take a leading role in creating change, great things can happen.”

Crewkerne Shed, formerly known as the Men’s Shed, has attracted a wide and varied membership, mainly in the older age ranges, comprising of both men and women. Its Community FIX-IT! Programme provides a much needed repair facility, where local people can bring their cherished items to be mended. If it is within the skill set of Shed members the repairs are carried out on site, for an optional small donation to the Shed funds. For more information on the FIX-IT! Programme or to become a member, please email crewkerneshed@gmail.com.

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