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.
Under the new Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount business rates relief (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property. To be clear, eligible charities can benefit from both the rates relief and the grants if all the eligibility criteria are met. Detailed guidance from BEIS can be read here and a Technical FAQ for Local Authorities has also been published.
Men’s Sheds are spaces men can create, converse and connect. There is no limit to the creativity we see coming out of the Sheds, so naturally as today is Star Wars day check out this great video of one of our Shedders making something we think even the first order would relish!
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!