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Double issue

Due to a technical problem not all people on our mailing list got the last issue so it follows after this one.

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What you love helps you

A heart-warming example of how a son helps his dad overcome early stage dementia. Listen and love it! http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/carpool-karaoke-of-pensioner-with-alzheimers-is-feel-good-viral-hit-11364079711022 Any acts for the Shed Fest?

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Town Council supports inter-generational work

  CWMAMAN Town Council has announced the launch of its new project which seeks to break down barriers and build meaningful community relationships between the young and older residents in the Carmarthenshire area. Gen-erate is a scheme which is going to be processed through the delivery of shared experiences, workshops and community focused projects between 11 to 18-year-olds and residents …

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Friends give you more years

This New York Times article explores the challenges men face in making friends and reports that an Australian study found that family connnections had no bearing on longevity whereas close friendships increased life expectancy by 22%. See  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/the-challenges-of-male-friendships/?_r=0   Thanks mate.

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Today only --but tomorrow?

Every so often we get requests from national journalists -either press, radio or tv - for contacts of people who have a good story to tell whether that be about themselves or a community project or about a particular Shed. Most often these come at the 'last minute' so to respond and get publicity for the Shed movement we have …

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Metal-craft discount

Metal-Craft make tools and materials for non-specialists to work with metal. No heat or power required and their website www.metalcraft.co.uk also shows ideas of what can be made.  We have just had a generous offer from a company J&C.R.Wood of a 20% discount on tool sets for any Men's Shed setting up a cold metal-working area. This offer came from …

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Insurance

UKMSA has one again been negotiating with insurance representatives and this time we believe real progress will be made. Although we are still consulting different bodies one broker (the current agent for Hackspaces) has made himself very familiar with Sheds by discussion and visits and has been getting positive responses from insurers to proposals for a group scheme. At the …

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Do you allow "Lone workers" in your Shed ?

A Men's Shed has asked the question "Is it OK to have lone-workers in the Shed Workshop". The Health & Safety Executive says: "Establishing a healthy and safe working environment for lone workers can be different from organising the health and safety of other employees. They should not be put at more risk than other people working for you. It …

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☀☀ Shed Fest UK ☀☀

We're going to have a Shed festival! We have just booked the Carrs Lane Conference Centre in Birmingham* for Wednesday October 19th and are looking forward to creating an event with yourselves where we can meet and discover how we all enjoy Shedding. A successful event like this can only be done with the involvement of Shedders from the beginning. …

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☀ Photo competition ☀

UKMSA is going to produce a publicity brochure aimed at influencing local decision-makers. It will be used by representatives at public meetings and when meeting officials. The brochure suggests that Sheds benefit society as ‘ Health is promoted by adding purpose, stimulation and company for members ’ ‘Adult education is complimented by Shedders learning from each other on the job’ …

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1607 Leiston's steam engine

The portable steam engine

Leiston Men's Shed have been restoring a rare beast: a Portable Steam Engine.                                                                                                                          This engine, type WS III, was built in 1926 and was one of 15,000 portable engines produced between 1851 and 1927 by the engineering firm of Richard Garrett in Leiston, Suffolk. The Long Shop Museum, situated in part of the Garrett works, rescued this engine from …

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A recommended free website-builder

Nearly half of the 400+ Men's Sheds across the UK currently have a website. Some have built them without previous experience using a system devised by the Newbury based company, Hugo Fox. Here’s what they have said: The Hugo Fox system makes it easy to build and manage; it’s completely free for non-profit organisations. It looks great on any device, …

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Vote NOW

Growing in the City (GITC) is a community food growing and educational project based in East Manchester. It is also home to its Men’s Shed Manchester project, a targeted activity for mid/older aged men Members share existing and learn new skills to create wildlife feeders/ shelters, build garden furniture from reclaimed wood, some which are sold to fund their group. …

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Easy money?

Would your supporters be encouraged to give if they knew their donation would be doubled? Local Giving’s national campaign, Grow Your Tenner matches online donations of up to £10 until their fund is exhausted plus they also reclaim Gift Aid (less a small charge). Milton Keynes gained £1000+ one year and Camden £600. Membership normally costs £72 but UKMSA has arranged …

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TV opportunity?

“Rumpus Media are on the look-out for charismatic/ opinionated people over the age of 70 for a NEW CHANNEL 4 TV SHOW! You will be invited to poke fun at modern society. If interested or would like to chat about the show – please contact us at casting@rumpusmedia.co.uk or call on 07470 027383 “  

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Social prescribing

Prevention better than cure! Some Clinical Commissioning Groups have set up Social Prescribing schemes aimed at tackling some health problems by enabling GP’s to refer patients to participating community organisations. Some GP’s estimate that more than half their patients would not come to them if they knew of alternatives so referring them could save funds and improve health. If your …

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The roots and shoots of Sheds

‘The Men’s Shed Movement’ is a detailed and character-filled ride through the history, diversity and innovation of Men’s Sheds in each country from its start in Tongala in July 1998. This 400-page paperback is edited by Dr. Barry Golding (professor of education and honorary patron of the Australian Men’s Sheds Association) and will satisfy anyone’s urge to know the roots …

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AGM workshop

UKMSA’s second AGM, attended by thirty representatives of twenty Sheds, accepted the Annual Report and Accounts without amendment before reviewing current and future issues. See 'About' for related documents. The event was held in London on July 2nd and included a workshop on ‘reaching new funders’.  

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Major Partnership launched

The public launch of UKMSA’s partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) took place on July 2nd as part of the London Meet the Shedders event. RVS is a major supplier of volunteer-based services to older people nationally and brings a wealth of experience and added capacity. They have appointed a full-time Men’s Sheds Coordinator, Jo Phillips to explore how …

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No more socialising!

The Royal Voluntary Service published new research in July which showed that following retirement a third (32%) of men over 65 avoid socialising altogether, 45% that they only socialise once or twice a month and 51% that they socialise a lot less. Furthermore 21% claimed they would socialise more if they had a group to go to where they could …

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Less registration hesitation

In June UKMSA was contacted by the Charity Commission who had noticed the increase in Men’s Sheds applying for registration as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. They offered to work with us to generate specific guidance aimed at smoothing the registration process which will make both theirs and some Shedders' lives a little easier. Committee member Joe Lewandowski is working with …

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Survey of Men's Sheds June 2015

 Initial Summary Results The general picture derived from this first survey is of there being three types of Shed. Broadly speaking about a third of Sheds are opening for just a few hours a week in shared premises (and therefore clearing everything away afterwards) and cost under £2000 pa to run, another third are open 2-3 days pw and have …

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Nice Try

Nice Try! Galliford Try is a construction company bidding for a contract to reorganize police and fire service estates in a northern town. Rather than wait for the inevitable bargaining with the public authority over what (S.106) ‘planning gain’ would result from this contract they took the initiative.  They called UKMSA asking if it would suit us if they put …

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