Making and Mending in Muirhouse
Why develop a Community Shed?
Local people involved in both North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up have said ‘We want a community shed’. North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up listened and worked together to apply for funds to start a community shed. We were successful in getting funding from the Climate Change Fund for this project.
What is a Community Shed?
The primary focus of the shed is to reuse wood, furniture, tools, etc so as to reduce climate change. Each year in Scotland we throw away tons of stuff into landfill, including wood and furniture, that could be recycled, reused, mended or made in something completely different. The Community Shed will do it’s bit to reduce this waste and convert it into useful and beautiful things. We will also inform local people about climate change and what they can do to minimise their own impact.
The Shed is similar to Men’s Shed movement which is gaining popularity across Scotland at the moment. We are, however, open to both men and women, although initially we are hosting men only days and women only days, as well as mixed sessions.
What does it look like?
Here is a photo of the inside of the shed.
Who can use it?
The shed will be open to anyone aged 16 or over from the North Edinburgh community. The Shed is free to use and refreshments will be available at each session.
From Monday 20th August we will offer the following 12-week programme after which we will evaluate and review before planning the next programme.
Mondays (10 am – 2 pm): Men Only (Drop in)
Tuesdays (10 am – 2 pm): Women Only (Drop in)
Wednesday (10 am – 2 pm): Everyone Welcome (Drop in)
Thursday (10 am – 2 pm): Everyone Welcome (Drop in)
The Shed operates a first come first served drop in system and we can accommodate a maximum of 10 at any one time. This may be reduced if we have people who are wheelchair users in the shed.
If you would like to come to the shed but have childcare needs please let us know a few days in advance so we can organise crèche facilities for you.
We will also open on the following Saturdays:
September 1st 2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 6th 10:30am – 12:30pm
November 3rd 10:30am – 12:30pm
Hand Tool Training
We had our first training session in the shed on the first Saturday in September. This session taught people how to correctly use a measure, a set square, a saw, a plane and a hammer. People taking part found it both very useful and enjoyable. We will organise more of these sessions in the coming months. If there are skills you wish to learn then please let us know and we can try and arrange this in the future.
The Shed is a safe place where people can come together to make things, mend things, learn new skills or use old ones, meet people, and have a laugh while being productive. People can either work on their own projects or support shed staff to mend/make things for local people and organisations. If you want to learn to use some hand and or power tools then please speak to a member of staff who can organise some training.
Do you run a community group who are looking for productive things to engage in? If so then you might be able to book a regular slot in the shed. Contact Rik to discuss your needs. Alternatively if you are a community group who wants something built then please contact us and we can try and arrange this for you. Examples of requests already received include planters for a community garden and a noticeboard for a community kitchen.
Where is the Shed?
The Shed is located in the old Co-Op building and can be accessed from the rear carpark. We have a ramp for wheelchair users.
Wanted: Can you Help?
Tools, Furniture, Reusable Wood, Fabric
Do you have any tools which you don’t use that you can donate them to The Shed. We are always on the look out for new woodworking tools to help us build beautiful things.
We also need wood, furniture and fabrics so if you have any of these which you don’t need you can donate them to the shed and know that they will be put to good use in North Edinburgh.
Tradespeople to train us
We are looking for local people who have skills to come and share them with the community. Have you got joinery or carpentry skills, can you work with metal, can you throw pots, etc, if so come and get involved and pass on your skills to enthusiastic local people.
More Permanent Accommodation
We are currently based in the old Co-Op building on Pennywell Road but this is not ideal for us. We are therefore looking for suitable and permanent accommodation and so if you are aware of buildings or land which we could use for the shed then please do contact us – we would love to hear from you.
Do you need something repaired or built?
Finally if you live in North Edinburgh and you need / want something which the shed could repair or build for you please contact us to discuss your needs. Keep checking in with us to see what useful and beautiful things the shed is making – we will post pictures here.
The first things which we built in the shed were installed on August 2nd 2018. The community garden at North Edinburgh Arts asked us to build them some vertical planters. These were made in the shed and put up in the garden. See the photos below.
Lindsey fitting planter 1
Lindsey fitting planter 2
Both planters in situ.
In the meantime if you want to find out more then please contact Rik at North Edinburgh Arts Telephone: 0131 315 2151, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been awarded a grant of £133,830* from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for two years to develop this project with the local community.
*Includes maximum funding of £40,149 from the European Regional Development Fund.