COVID-19 : LATEST 19/6/20
THIS PAGE IS UPDATED WEEKLY WITH THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION AND IDEAS FOR ALL SHEDDERS OLD AND NEW.
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Whats new this week?
Our virtual sheds are going well, remember they are open to everyone to join.
Remember we currently have the following virtual sheds;
Quiz shed- Midweek
Show and tell shed- Thursday 2pm
Shed catch up- Tuesday at 11am and Thursday 2.30pm
We had a really well supported shed call today, including shed leaders
and their members, and they were from a range of sheds across the county.
It was great to catch up and hear your plans for post lockdown.
Coming up this week-
Tuesday 16th June at 11am - New virtual shed meet up. This is for anyone who wishes to join and chat with a particular focus for guys who haven’t joined a shed to have the chance to chat and find out more from shed members.
Thursday 18th June, we have a virtual shed meet up from 2.30.
Our next Quiz is out today and if you want to get involved and have the chance to win a £10 Gift voucher, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
KCC have done a press release for Kent Mens sheds
Remember our facebook page is a great way of keeping connecting too, please take a look if you haven't already
NEW VIRTUAL SHED
Due to popularity and demand we are pleased to announce a 2nd virtual shed meeting
Tuesday's at 11am
Open for anyone who wishes to join and chat. Please contact us at email@example.com
Toilet roll holders made by one of our shedders
KCC update: Health and wellbeing
KCC have also developed the following webpage to summarise advice on keeping mentally well during the crisis:
Individuals experiencing mental health crisis during the Covid-19 Pandemic can text the word “Kent” to 85258 or ring 08001 070 160 to access support.
The link below is a poster with contact details for mental health support during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Ideas for sheds- Things we can still do together
1. Have a group chat video call between some members.
2. A WhatsApp group or FB group for shed members
3. A competition for members to create something in their home with a selection of items everyone may have
4. A competition to come up for a design for something
5. Share Photos of animals, travels, scenery members have collected over the years
Keeping connected with family, friends and your community- top tips from shedders
1. 'I've tried to text one person a day, just to check in.'
2.For keeping connected with your local neighbourhoods https://nextdoor.com/
3. For keeping connected with family/friends/neighbours who may not be on social media or have access to smart phones https://whypay.net/
4.A Communication tree, which works very well for Staplehurst shed. Where members get nominated to call certain members, so each one gets a weekly call
5. Sheds are keeping positive and looking forward to ways to connect to the wider network once we can all meet again- ideas
Walking football league
Sheds summer sports day event- with old games such a pletanque, bat and trap
6.Our friends at the UK Mens shed association have sent out their latest news letter and it's a great read.
7. Mens shed radio Station-It’s called ‘Shed happens – even when your self-isolating’ – with the main aim to keep Sheds connected during this period of lockdown….It’s broadcast every Wed from 10-12 and Saturday from 2pm -4 pm on Frome.fm:
You (and members) can listen to previous shows here: https://www.hugofox.com/community/shed-happens---even-if-you-re-self-isolating-17757/show-pages/
There’s been some really interesting interviews, including Sheds from around the world – reaching as far as Australia & Honolulu!
Latest updates: Kent Shed Activity
WAYS TO CONNECT WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS AND YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
A regular group catch up will be facilitated by the team, run via zoom. Open to anyone to join, catch up, share ideas and offer support.
The virtual sheds are hosted by ActivMob and run on the following times-
Quiz shed- Midweek
Show and tell shed- Thursday 2pm
Shed catch up- Thursday 2.30pm
The sheds have been very interested in online learning whilst in lockdown and are looking for recommended courses. Some ideas have been put forward.
Future learn, has a variety of online courses to choose from
Amazon future engineer, has set up free content on coding, which might be of potential interest for Members and their kids / grandkids.https://www.amazonfutureengineer.com/
Maidstone and Midkent mind have started a free online mental health first aid training course
For more information on how to join (We can support the set up of zoom)
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABBEY PHYSIC GARDEN
Keeping connected with a very active face book page-abbey physic Garden-growing a healthy community.
They have a weekly blog-called keeping the lights on and are calling members.
They have also doing some “growing kits” that have been delivered out to people to do from home
Have a whats-app group for shed members to continue connections and have started mini home projects to share on the whats-app group.
Looking at potential to re-open in July with 5 day opening and allowing 2 people in each time. This giving the opportunity for everyone to come along and maintain the government guidelines
The park is now open- an the team are thinking about what this might mean in the future
Have managed to get into check their building now that the park is open, but can only have one member at a time. Their hope is to rearrange the building to allow 2 people in at once to maintain social distance. They are now looking at repairing tools ready for the reopening
now clear agreement with members regarding keeping in touch with them including a regular group email.
Have maintained their zoom calls with approx. 17 members each week. They have been talking about a phased approach to returning
Phase one- meeting on the green when groups can meet up, bringing own chair and food
Phase Two-more aug/sept meetings inside sheds for under 70’s with maintaining the guidelines and only when the alert level is 3 or below
They have also had some info regarding isolation sent through from one you kent to share with the network.
Keeping connected and supporting each other through their facebook page and whatsapp.
Doing community projects from home to get them ready for after the lockdown.
The shed leader has drop off materials to some members to allow them to take part in the home projects
Actively using their face book page and have invited sheds to a live online disco on Saturday 25th April
using their own sheds/garages to carry on with community projects they have. They also hold weekly Virtual house party that all sheds can attend
Have a wide range of virtual groups people can join via the Zoom platform. Just go to their website chose a group and be invited along