We are an independent organisation run by a group of fourteen trustees who are all volunteers.
We have an agreed constitution which defines the purpose of the organisation and how it shall be governed and administered. We have produced a Development Plan which defines the objectives of the organisation, what we need to do to meet those objectives, practically and financially. We gained Charity Status on the 24th of August 2016 and our number is SC046805.
We now have a list of over 150 interested citizens and next step is to find suitable premises which we can convert into a place where we can meet, socialise and carry out a variety of activities, which we can enjoy and in the process do some good in the community.
Now that we have the paperwork side of things under control we have started to hold regular meetings for chat’s, table top projects, and to discuss with the members their ideas for the Shed, and to glean any information on potential permanent sites.
In April 2016, 45 men (and two ladies) attended a ‘show-n-tell’, by Jason Schroeder of the AVA on Men’s Sheds, organised by the Rotary Club of Stonehaven. Jason was clearly talking to the right group of people as very soon afterwards a Trustees committee had formed and activity begun to make the Stonehaven Men’s Shed a reality.
We have had four meetings since then (written Oct ’15), have generated our constitution document and will be continuing to hold regular meetings to prepare plans to obtain Charity Status; to create a business plan; to fund raise and to find premises. Those are our main drives but there are a lot of other important requirements to manage for our Shed development.
Members of the Trustees committee have visited both Westhill and Inverurie Men’s Sheds to gain insight into their start-up processes and pitfalls experienced along the way. Their advice and help is greatly appreciated and will certainly aid us in our preparations and planning.
Emergency First Aid Training Course
First Aid skills are always useful to have but for the Shedders from the Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed it is a requirement for safe operations in our temporary premises, Viewmount Civil Defence Bunker.
Emergency first aid trainer Dorothy Clark led the training which had an effective blend of practical activities and theory, resulting in all the candidates passing the course.
Following the successful application in July for the Civil Defence Bunker change of use. The Shedders have been working towards achieving entry to the facility. This course was the last enabling step required from the shedders to meet the requirements of the Shed Health and Safety Policy. The council is currently working towards an agreement that will give us access to the bunker.
All the Shedders are looking forward to a speedy entry so they can get down to working together for each other and to support the community.