Meet Chris Southern our new Development Officer for South East Wales

Hi, I’m Chris Southern and I am happy to introduce myself as the new Men’s Sheds Cymru Regional Development Officer for South East Wales. I bring to this job a broad range of community development experience and a diversity of personal interests that I believe make me a good match for the role.
Most recently I have been working with FareShare Cymru, who work with food retail businesses to divert surplus and short-date food away from the waste stream and towards community organisations that can use it for social good. My work history also includes managing a charity furniture shop, which worked with volunteers and employability placements to upcycle second hand furniture, an IT refurbishment and recycling operation, delivering IT training for older people, and developing and delivering inclusive recreation and leisure opportunities for children and young people.
I am a father and divorce survivor with a range of personal interests that puts me firmly in the category of ‘master of none’. Under that category, I am a musician, a cyclist, a DIY enthusiast (of necessity), a country walker, dog owner, bird watcher, cook and gardener. I am committed to my role as a ‘Jack’ of all these interests, which is why I joined my local Brass Band training band just over a year ago and try out being an adult learner of my latest instrument, the euphonium.
It turns out that living life is a lot more complicated than I thought it was going to be when I was twenty, and I truly believe that it is my hobbies and interests that have kept me going through some tough times. I hope that through this role I may be able to help increase the opportunities for other men to take part in interesting activities and meet new people that may help them cope with the inevitable complexities of their lives.
I hope to be out and about meeting local community members and groups in the coming months. In the meantime feel free to contact me if you have a question, would like to invite me to an event or you would just like to make contact: chris.southern@mensshedscymru.co.uk  07876 680667, I look forward to meeting you.

Chris

Royal Voluntary Service & ASDA Funding

The 5th and final round of grant funding provided by the Royal Voluntary Service and ASDA is open. They are working to the following timetable:

• Open date 29th April 2018
• Close date Sunday 24th June 2018
• Panel date w/c 16th July 2018
• Offers issue dates w/c 23rd July 2018

Grants have usually been awarded to newer Men’s Sheds open less than 18 months but Men’s Sheds who have been unsuccessful in the past are encouraged to apply. Details and application forms can be found at the Royal Voluntary Service Website: https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/news-and-events/news/national-sheds-grant-fund-launches

 

Thanks to Colwyn Bay & Holyhead Men’s Shed

A big thank you to Colwyn Bay & Holyhead Men’s Shed for taking part and contributing to the filming of our promotional video. We want as many men as possible to see the benefits that can be had from joining a Men’s Shed and there is no one better placed to tell that story than our ‘shedders’.

Grow Rhondda

‘Gardening on Prescription’ the Grow Rhondda project see’s Treorchy Men’s Shed working in the community to deliver a GP referral service.

Shed Egryn, Llanegryn

Following an invitation to visit Llanegryn, Simon Poole, Development Officer, reports that we are close to a new Men’s Shed being opened at Llanegryn in their community facility.

Just waiting to hear about their official launch and pleased to welcome another group into our community of Men’s Sheds.

Full details of contacts and opening times will be posted after the official launch.

Anna McMorrin visits The Den, Cardiff

Our South West Wales Development Officer Mark Bond had a great time visiting the wonderful group down at the Rhiwbina Shed last week. His visit coincided with Cardiff North MP Anna McMorrin’s first check-in at the shed. Anna was hugely impressed with what the guys have achieved so far and hopes to assist them in finding larger premises as they continue to grow in number. Cheers guys! See you again soon!

Pentrebane Zone Men’s Shed, Cardiff

Welcome to our newest Men’s Shed group which is part of the Pentrebane Zone project on Beechley Drive, Cardiff CF5 3SG.

Sam & Ronnie who can be contacted on 07877791209 are keen to welcome members to take part in the many possible activities from woodworking, gardening or even looking after the chickens.

Actual activities will depend on what members want to take on so why not make contact and see where you want to take this new Men’s Shed.

Sospan Shedders – Llanelli Men’s Shed

Llanelli Men’s Shed is up and running. They meet every Friday from 10 am till 2 pm at 1a Derwent street, Llanelli. SA15 3ES

New members welcome. Just call in or contact Martin Yeo on 07570460219 email: myeo1@talktalk.net

Job Advert – Regional Development Officer

The Men’s Sheds Cymru project team has advertised the role of Regional Development Officer. This is a full time post on a fixed term contract which will end on 31st December 2020.
This post is needed to help the team develop and support new Men’s Sheds in the Valleys and South East region of Wales. There are some 35 Men’s Sheds in Wales and the project team aims to help create a further 50 groups.
If you have the skills and abilities to help us achieve our task, have a look at our advert here
Closing date for applications is noon 16th February 2018.

Pembrokeshire’s Feel Good Outdoors Grant

Funding

Expressions of Interest are being sought for a £1200 grant, which will support project(s) linking mental health with outdoor activity in Pembrokeshire. This money was kindly donated by members of the public in support of Jo-Anne Jones, Pembrokeshire resident and outdoors enthusiast, competing in the Ironman Wales 2017 competition. Jo and West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH) are now working together, with the support of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA), to find the perfect project(s) to fund.

Project

We are looking to support the development of outdoor based activities to promote positive mental health across Pembrokeshire.
We want to help people take part in outdoor activities, possibly who may not usually do so.
We want to help promote the benefits of outdoor activity and give people the tools to manage and improve their mental health.
We want to help people to manage low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

If you feel that you have a project that meets this brief we would like to hear from you.

Objectives

Proposals can be submitted by groups, individuals, voluntary and statutory agencies. Proposals must take account of local need, gaps in current provisions, and be innovative in their approach.

Proposals can be submitted in different formats, using the EOI form or by producing a short film about the project idea.
Proposals can be to help people of all ages.
Projects which help people take part in outdoor activities, and which build the self-confidence and self-esteem of young women are particularly encouraged.
The total amount available is £1200 and this funding may be given to one project or several, at the discretion of the grant
panel.
The grant panel comprises Jo-Anne Jones, project sponsor; Angie Darlington from West Wales Action for Mental Health; and Hannah Buck, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. The decision of the grant panel is final.
The grant panel is asking for Expressions of Interest to be returned by Thursday 29th March 2018.
The grant panel will then select a number of projects to present to them to decide which idea/s to support.
WWAMH are able to provide project development support to any projects allocated funding from this grant.

For more information and an Expression of Interest Form please contact: Angie Darlington, West Wales Action for Mental Health on 01267 245572 or director@wwamh.org.uk

Expressions of Interest or films should be submitted by Thursday 29th March 2018 to West Wales Action for Mental Health by e-mail or post:
director@wwamh.org.uk
The Mount, 18 Queen Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1JT

Projects that the panel wishes to consider further will be asked to attend a panel meeting in April 2018.