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SHEDDERS FROM ALL OVER SCOTLAND GATHER IN DUNDEE

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


From Dumfries in the south to the Huntly in the north, members of Scottish Men’s Sheds gathered at Swan House on Dundee’s Technology Park for their AGM this week.

Launched in November 2015, the Scottish Men’s Shed Association aids the growing number of Men’s Sheds throughout Scotland with support, information and guidance to organisations and individuals who are already Shed members, or seeking to develop a Men’s Shed within their area.

A comprehensive and interactive 45 page website provides social media and contains the latest information on how to create a constitution, how to apply for charitable status and much more. The site also has it’s own You Tube channel.

There are currently 67 Men’s Sheds already in operation in the country with 45 in various stages of development.

During the AGM the 1,000th member was signed up.

Talks were given in the morning session by Alistair McKinley, head of Community Empowerment & Public Bodies Policy, the Scottish Government; Elaine McGhee, Greenwood Insurances Charity specialist; and Dr. Danielle Kelly, Lead Researcher SSD Glasgow Caledonia University who is to be carrying out research on the movement over the next 3 years.

Derek Keiller, Chairman of the SMSA and also Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed, gave a talk on achievements during 2017 and plans for 2018.

Jason Schroeder, SMSA Executive Officer and the driving force behind the Men’s Shed movement in Scotland …………..

The Scottish Men’s Shed movement is gathering momentum so if you would like more information, to become a member, or start up your own Shed, visit ‘scottishmsa.org.uk’


 

Visitor from Australia

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed had a visit from Stuart Martin from Australia. Stuart is a former resident from Dundee and emigrated to Australia in the 1960s but regularly visits Dundee. Jake Reid, procurement officer for the Men’s Shed, is a childhood friend of Stuart. When they met recently Jake mentioned that he was a member of the local Men’s Shed and arranged a visit. Stuart was so impressed with the facilities that he wrote a cheque for 2,000 Australian dollars and presented it to the shed.

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New Purchases

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We have purchased and installed two new woodworking lathes in the wood turning section; this should help to accommodate more personnel who like to take part in this activity, we have one more lathe to be installed and this will be done asap.

We have purchased a 3d printer which is in use in the computing dept.

 

End of year Open Day

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We are having an End of Year Open Day on Saturday 2 December from 10am to 1pm.

ANDY'S MAN CLUB

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

ANDY’S MAN CLUB

Saints in the Community are proud to be the first football club in Scotland to host Andy’s Man Club. Founded by former Rugby League International Luke Ambler, following the suicide of his brother-in-law Andrew Roberts in 2016, the Club is for “any man who is going through a storm, been through a storm or just wants to come along and meet a good group of people with the aim of improving one another.”

The fact that Andy’s Man Club is setting up in Perth is very much down to the great efforts of Perth Prison officers Alex McClintock and Adam Allison who first contacted Luke and set up meetings with the Saints Community Trust.

Andy’s Man Club will meet for the first time on Monday 18th September at 7pm in the Muirton Suite at McDiarmid Park and thereafter every Monday at the same time.

www.andysmanclub.co.uk #itsokaytotalk


 

Visitor from Down Under visits comes up trumps for the Mens Shed

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed had a visitor from afar recently when Stuart Martin from Australia dropped in to see them.

Stuart operates an electrical business in Queenbeyan, just outside Canberra in New South Wales. A former resident of Dundee, he emigrated to Australia in the 1960’s but has never forgotten his roots and returns regularly to the city.

Jake Reid, procurement officer for the Men’s Shed, is a childhood friend of Stuarts and when they met up recently Jake mentioned that he was a member of the local Men’s Shed.

Stuart is familiar with the Men’s Shed concept as they originated in Australia in the 1990’s as a means to cater for ex -Vietnam veterans, men with time on their hands or retired men who just needed company and a place to go.

On visiting the Shed Stuart was so impressed with the facilities they provide that he wrote a cheque out for $2,000 Australian dollars and presented it to the Shed.

Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed are currently base at Swan House, Technology Park Dundee but are moving shortly to The Circle, Staffa Place, Dundee.

Pictured are Stuart Martin (right) receiving an honourary membership of the Shed and a 3D printed copy of the Law monument from Jake Reid.

Further details from Derek Keiller (Chairman) on 01382 562638).



 

Shed heaven: The workshops turning mens lives around

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

See the news item about mens sheds on the BBC web site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39871206


Carse of Gowrie Mens Shed helps Australian woodworker

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When Peter Holland, a talented amateur woodworker, from Riverina Woodworker’s Club in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia contacted Derek Keiller last autumn to ask if he could use the facilities of the Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed, Derek thought that’s a long commute. However, Peter explained that he would be visiting Dundee in April this year to visit his son Jonathon, who is a soil scientist at the Hutton Institute at Invergowrie and lives in Dundee. He had already made a beautiful nest of tables for his other three children and this was to complete his mission of making a set for each.

The cost of shipping a nest of tables from Australia was prohibitive so Peter came up with a cunning plan - he would flat pack the tables in his luggage and assemble them once he arrived in Dundee. Only trouble was that Peter did not have any facilities to enable him to complete the task. So Peter went on the internet and discovered Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed who were delighted to assist.

Peter is shown in the picture with some members of Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed, based at Swan House on Dundee’ technology park, with his completed nest of tables which were made from Western Red Cedar, a native Australian tree.

Further information from Derek Keiller at 07789 933 522 or 01382 562638



 

The Shed Effect: The Impact of Mens Sheds in Scotland

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Age Scotland will be sharing the results of their research into the impact of men’s sheds Dunoon on Tuesday 9th May and Dundee on Wednesday 10th May.

Wednesday 10th May 2017 11:00-15:00

Age Scotland will be sharing the results of our research into the impact of men’s sheds. There will also be an opportunity to:

  • to hear about men’s sheds in the West of Scotland;
  • meet and share experiences with men’s sheds from across the East of Scotland; and
  • identify future actions that could be taken by policy makers to sustain men’s shed into the future.

Lifelong Learning Award

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On Wed 29th March 2017 we were awarded a Lifelong Learning Award by Age Scotland



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