Wanted: big shed for community

The volunteers behind the Lismore Community Shed project are desperately trying to find new premises as the old shed is simply bursting at the seams.

The Men & Family Centre, Vietnam Veterans Association and University of the Third Age (U3A) were instrumental in establishing the Lismore Community Shed, a place the whole community can use to build or repair timber and metal projects, learn new skills and build friendships.

The Lismore Community Shed has up until now been located in small council-owned premises near the Rescue Helicopter base.

“The amount of tools and equipment now acquired would not even fit into three of the above,” Lismore Community Shed co-ordinator Stuart Gibbons said. “We have the tools, approximately $20,000 worth, we have the volunteers, including retired TAFE teachers and tradies, we have support from councillors, but we don’t have an appropriate shed.”

Stuart said they are looking for an industrial shed or premises that could be adapted to be “shed like”. They don’t have a lot of money and are desperate for someone to donate some space or provide it at a reduced cost.

“There has been a lots of interest from the community, both young and old, male and female, who would like to participate more in the Lismore Community Shed and the present shed is a tiny little thing – we can’t fit all the equipment in let alone people,” Stuart said. “Community groups including UnitingCare, Youth Connections, New Horizons and the Soup Kitchen have all approached us and they are interested in sending people along. The Community Shed is about people coming together and interacting, relating and talking to one another, while sharing a common interest like building a canoe or working on a community project.

“It actually started off as a Men’s Shed because generally men find it easy to relate while they are busy doing something together – that was the theory behind it. But we discovered women were also really interested and we wanted everyone to feel welcome. We thought the Lismore Community Shed had a nice ring to it.”

If you know of a place the Lismore Community Shed could call home, phone Stuart on 6629 8393.


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