Local charity Trust Links launched a Community Shed in Thundersley, giving people an opportunity to share their skills, learn new skills and meet with others. Men and women are encouraged to sign up to the Thundersley Community Shed, at which they will be making a range of items, mostly from recycled materials. Woodworking projects will include making bird boxes and bug houses, which will be used at the charity’s Growing Together gardens around South East Essex and will be sold in the charity’s shops.
The Community Shed is inspired by the Men’s Sheds projects, which originally started in Australia. There are now 444 Men’s Sheds around the UK benefitting more than 10,000 people.
Matt King, CEO of Trust Links, said "We are really excited to be launching our first Community Shed in Thundersley, building on our experience of running practical and positive activities at our Growing Together projects in Westcliff, Shoeburyness, Rochford and Thundersley. We have some great volunteers lined up to share their woodworking and construction skills and are on the look out for more volunteers to come and get involved. As a mental health and wellbeing charity we know that meeting with others to learn skills and have a chat over a cuppa can make all the difference to people’s lives and wellbeing and the Community Shed is another opportunity to achieve this positive change for local people.”
Trust Links is getting funding through Castle Point Borough Council for this project. Mel Harris, Partnerships Manager from the Council, said "Castle Point Borough Council is delighted to support, through our local public health agenda, the further development of the Trust Links project at Thundersley with this new and exciting Community Shed for our residents.”
The Thundersley Community Shed will be run every Wednesday and is based in the Green House behind the Castle Point Council offices at Growing Together Thundersley, Kiln Road. Sessions are run from 9.30 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 3.30 pm and the first one is on 4th April.
Trust Links are keen to hear from volunteers with woodworking or craft skills who are available on Wednesdays and also those in the community who are keen to learn new skills. Call Trust Links on 01702 213134, visit the website www.trustlinks.orgor email Tracey, Project Development Manager, at email@example.com.