“Blokes and their sheds”. It’s an iconic Kiwi vision. But in a few short generations we have gone from being famous for our number 8 wire, DIY attitude towards fixing and making stuff, to being largely unskilled. Instead of fixing or making things at home, we replace them or hire a professional.
As people retire there’s often downsizing involved, and the smaller, ‘maintenance free’ properties rarely have room for basic tools, let alone a workbench. It’s often underestimated how important pottering around in a shed with tools and having a project is for a person who’s been active in this way their whole life, and they suddenly find themselves with little to do.
Shed Matters is a group which aims to provide a space for those who have no access to tools to be able to use or hire them, and continue to be active. It also aims to be a place where creating, building and repairing skills are passed on ... come along if you have the skills or would like to learn the skills.
Wider engagement in the community is also part of the vision as groups from Shed Matters offer help for local projects, families and individuals.
In a nutshell, Shed Matters hopes to achieve:
• Continued participation in our community by older age group
• Transference of skills and knowledge
• Building of community through friendship
• Provide practical help to local community
Currently Shed Matters is a core group with a great idea. They are looking for people who want to be involved at any level, and are holding an initial public meeting to share the vision and gauge interest. If you would like to be part of this great initiative, please make sure to come along. If you can’t make it on the day, you can register your interest, contact details below.