The Chichester Shed is moving towards becoming a reality, as Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) continue to wait patiently for the results of our planning application. Designed as a space where people can come together to work on their own or community projects, developing woodwork, metal work and electrical skills the Shed is a space for people to connect, share ideas and have fun.
Due to the impact of lockdowns the ever growing team of volunteer ‘shedders’ have been forced to meet via Zoom to keep up to date with plans, with WhatsApp groups and emails shared with news of progress. The team, headed up by CCDT’s fantastic Community Development Officer Angie Bacon, is however very much looking forward to finally meeting face to face.
Due to be located alongside the Community Garden on Keepers Green, should planning permission be granted, the shed will be open regularly providing those without space for a shed of their own, or who simply prefer to work should to shoulder with others, to master new skills and enjoy use of shared tools, expertise and equipment.
Before groundworks even begin we are so grateful for offers of donations of tools, from a resident who no longer needs them as well as another nearby Shed. Thanks also to the Rotary Club of Chichester for working with CCDT to ensure that as many people know about the project as possible, ensuring it provides the greatest community support possible.
Known in many regions as a Men’s Shed, due to the focus on supporting particularly retired men with a space to call their own and connect with others around them to protec their mental health, the Chichester Shed is inclusive to all. There are now over 600 Men’s sheds open nationwide and the benefit that they have on those involved in them is overwhelming. Mike Jenn, founder of a London-based shed, highlighted how it helped him, and so many others:
“When people retire, what will have changed is that they no longer have workmates, a work role, a work routine, and as much income. This will involve some loss of identity and purpose.
“If you have worked continuously, then suddenly having a lot of spare time can also be a challenge – particularly if you feel you still have a lot of energy, skills and experience which are now not going to be called upon. You may also be less physically active.”
“Having a community, some positive relationships, something to contribute, a balance of autonomy and interdependence, and some options, all contribute to good mental health.”
If you would be interested in joining the Shedders at work in the Chichester Shed please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk more about how to get you involved. It is for people of all levels, age and experience. For more information and to see the plans submitted to council please take a look at our website here.