We are encouraging UK Sheds to join in the effort to tackle loneliness in the UK. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness is running a major independent inquiry into loneliness. Since before social distancing and self-isolation one out of five people across the UK identifies as feeling often lonely.
As I write this contribution, my first since being named as Patron for UK Men’s Sheds Association, the Midlands Woodworking Show at Newark and Makers Central, as well as several other events, have been postponed until later in the year, due to coronavirus. It is a wise precaution and at least the weather might have warmed up by the time the events are rescheduled!
We’re excited to bring you the news that Men’s Shed have partnered with easyfundraising!
easyfundraising is a free fundraising website that you, your fellow Shedders and Shed supporters can use to help raise money for your Shed, simply by doing Christmas and Black Friday shopping online with thousands of retailers like Wickes, Screwfix, eBay, Just Eat, Amazon, eBay & M&S.
It takes two minutes to register your Shed, it’s completely free and then you’re all set to go.
Once you’ve signed up, don’t forget to access yourfree fundraising toolkit. It’s full of free resources to help you communicate to your Shedders and supporters in your community that they can raise money for your Shed, simply by shopping online with easyfundraising.
This is a really great time to get started!
Join groups like Men in Sheds West Bletchley who have already raised over £155 with easyfundraising. Paul said – “easyfundraising provides a useful way for Shed supporters to help with our fundraising. It doesn’t cost supporters to use and a percentage of their online purchases comes to the Shed in the form of a quarterly payment directly to our bank well-known high-street names like John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Wickes and many others will all pay a percentage of the transaction value which benefits the Shed. I thoroughly recommend it.”Give your Shed a big funding boost this Christmas, sign-up today!
During June, July and August the UKMSA are featuring as one of the national causes being supported by Waitrose. After shopping online customers are asked to vote for one of three charities and £25,000 will be split according to votes cast.
Please spread the word #ShopForSheds we need all the votes we can get.
This makes it a great time for all Men’s Sheds to approach their local Waitrose branch for a Community Matters nomination form available from the Welcome Desk. Once completed and returned your shed could in with a chance to share £1,000 between 2 other local charities.
We welcome Charlie Bethel who has joined the UK Men’s Sheds Association as Chief Officer.
Charlie comes to UKMSA with a wealth of experience from the third sector with over twenty years working in Paralympic Sport. Charlie is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation where he has a portfolio that includes the Summer Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
Charlie is the former Chief Executive of British Wheelchair Basketball where he led the sport through tremendous growth in both participation and the structure of the organisation.
On joining us Charlie said, ‘I’m tremendously excited about the opportunity of working with the Trustees and everyone involved in Men’s Sheds across the UK.