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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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