The Eltham Men’s Shed (“Shed”) was back in “full swing” after the disruption of the previous year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Other than the break between Christmas and the New Year, there were Monday Member Briefings every Monday morning at 9:30am. These meetings are the primary way for members to keep in contact and to find out what is happening. The meeting is preceded by an email containing the Monday Briefing Notes. Each meeting provides an opportunity for each workshop and activity group to report on what’s happening. On a quarterly basis, the meetings include a briefing from the Treasurer on the financial standing of the Shed. Meetings were well attended, and it is normal to have at least 70 members present.
The Shed remains in a sound financial position and continues to maintain and grow the Future Fund. This is money being set aside for the redevelopment of the Shed’s main building which is coming to the end of its serviceable life. The premises are leased from the Nillumbik Shire and the initial 5-year lease was renewed for a further 4 years in January 2023.
Membership remained strong with a modest but constant flow of enquiries to join. Membership hovered around 130 members and it is now normal for a small waiting list to be maintained.
Workshops and Activity Groups functioned well during the year and there was an expansion of the range of activities available.
After several years of trying, the NBN was finally connected to the Shed in September 2022. Our thanks go to our Federal MP, Kate Thwaites and especially her assistant Simonne, for helping overcome the many obstacles.
The Technology Group’s activities continued to expand with further development on the Shed’s inhouse website which includes a suite of tools to help run the Shed. Hosting of the website moved to the Shed and the website now has a mobile app. The barcode attendance register now communicates with the website and this has improved the gathering of statistics for managing the facility, activities and for applying for grants.
Midway through the 2022/3 year the role of Grants Coordinator was created by the Committee. This is a non-committee role intended to assist the Committee to identify grant opportunities and to prepare submissions. Towards the end of the year the Shed was successful in gaining two grants. These were: Let’s Celebrate Over 55’s Grant from the Nillumbik Shire, to be used by the Inner Workshop to run a seminar on men’s mental health, open to the public, in October 2023; and a Stronger Communities Program Round 8 Grant from the Federal Government, to be used to Purchase PC equipment to conduct PC training courses at the Shed for members, their partners, other men’s sheds and the public.
Eltham Men's Shed October 2023