Social group’s plans for workshop to boost craft and repair activities

PUBLISHED: 08:10 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:10 23 August 2018

Members with the new equipment, Richard Simmons, chairman of 2nd Nailsea Scouts presenting a certificate of thanks to Julie Newman, Philanthropy Officer for Quartet Community Foundation, Angela Shoemake St Monica Trust Community Fund Manager receiving her certificate from the Shedders Chairman Phill Wheatley.

Members with the new equipment, Richard Simmons, chairman of 2nd Nailsea Scouts presenting a certificate of thanks to Julie Newman, Philanthropy Officer for Quartet Community Foundation, Angela Shoemake St Monica Trust Community Fund Manager receiving her certificate from the Shedders Chairman Phill Wheatley.

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A group aimed at preventing social isolation is hoping to open up a workshop in Nailsea.

Nailsea Social (Shedders) runs a successful repair café from the 2nd Nailsea Scout Group’s base in Hannah More Road.

The group is keen to buy a new workshop for the site and kit it out to support a range of craft and repair activities.

The building would cater for woodworking and metal craft and enable people to learn how to assess electrical items such as mobile phones.

Chairman Phill Wheatley said: “The overall aims and objectives of our community group are to reduce the negative effects of social isolation, including suicide, by improving the mental, physical, psychological and mental health and wellbeing of, but not exclusively, older men.

“The Shedders’ proposal is to acquire a stand-alone workshop which can be kitted out to support a range of craft and repair activities.

“It would also have a technical area for people to learn how to assess electrical items such as mobile phones, cracked screens which would ordinarily be beyond economic repair but may be salvageable.

“Another area of interest is building, operating and repairing railway stock to model railways, both digital and analogue.

“We have developed expertise in re-using household items which would otherwise have gone to the tip.

“Our tool sharpening service is something we get called upon all the time to do for people and community groups alike. We think the opportunities of creativity are endless.”

The group has 17 members, including five women, and it is affiliated to the UK Men’s Sheds Association.

People visit the group’s repair café to get a wide range of items fixed and members also make bespoke items.

Mr Wheatley believes a workshop will enable the group to take on more activities and help an increasing number of people who need extra support.

Members are hoping to buy a wooden building, priced £20,000, and they are applying for a grant to equip it,

It has asked Nailsea Town Council to purchase the building and lease it to the shedders. The council’s environmental and leisure committee was due to discuss the proposal at a meeting last night (Wednesday).

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