Every man should have a shed, it is often said.
And that was the thinking behind a community workshop which opens soon in Diss.
It is not a typical “one-man” shed and is certainly bigger than an average bottom-of-the-garden retreat for the man of the house. But it is a place where men can use their hands to make, mend and tinker.
The workshop is being opened by Diss Christian Community Church as part of its Community Works project with the support of Diss Town Council, Genesis Housing and Solo Housing. Activities will involve working in wood and other activities like bike repair, renovating tools or upholstery.”Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly,” said community co-ordinator Adrian Roy.
The shed will be known as Gerald’s Room after Gerald Scott, a volunteer who was a great supporter of the project until he died suddenly on Easter Monday last year. Fittingly, the workshop will be officially launched on Easter Sunday. The idea for the premises grew out of the need of a space to assemble flatpack and make repairs to furniture before it was recycled.
“We wish to repair and renew donated furniture to support those in need through our Community Works furniture project and we also intend to upcycle selected furniture for sale to support the project,” said Mr Roy.
“And additional aim will be to provide opportunities for those with skills and experience to pass these on as they work alongside shop users as volunteers.”
Local firms and individuals have already generously given enough tools to open the workshop, although more donations will be welcome, “We are also very interested in businesses that produce wood waste if it can be recycled into small projects by the shed users,” said Mr Roy.
Community Works was founded six years ago and in the last year helped more than 140 people with more than 530 items of furniture or household equipment. Donations of clean, good quality items of furniture are always welcome.
To help the workshop or Community Works, call 07938 005999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org