REQUIRED TO MAKE IT A REALITY.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Our Aim is to build a Men's Shed in Copacabana on the Central Coast of NSW.
· We have an ageing population.
· A survey said that the community supports the need for a shed.
· We have council approval but we can’t start construction until it's fully funded.
· The design allows community groups to use the social area.
Please support this worthwhile project.
Copacabana is a beautiful but relatively isolated seaside village, with few opportunities for men to socialise. We also have a larger than average proportion of older and retired men.
We have been trying to establish a men's shed for many years. A 2017 survey of local residents found that there is a real need and strong support for a men’s shed in the Copa community. In 2018 the charity Copacabana Community Men’s Shed Incorporated was founded and charged with establishing the shed. Since then, a suitable shed has been designed, a site found and the development application approved.
We are nearly there, but we cannot start building until we have sufficient funds. Your financial support via gofundme, along with the funds we have already raised, will finally allow us to make the dream of a men's shed in Copacabana a reality. We will then be the 1100th men's shed in Australia whose aim is to counter the tendency towards isolation in modern life, whether it is the result of unemployment, retirement, bereavement, ill health, disability, age, minority status or pure shyness.
The shed will be open to all men aged 18 years or over, including those with disabilities and minority groups. Safety will be managed by appropriate training and supervision.
The building has been designed as an attractive feature in the centre of the community:
It will comprise three areas: a workshop, a social area and a mezzanine. The workshop will be the heart of the building, fitted out with benches, cupboards and shelving made by the members themselves. A wide range of woodworking tools and equipment will be sourced, and an acoustically insulated room will be built to house the noisiest machines.
The social area is primarily intended for community groups such as book, quilting and art clubs (not restricted to men!) to meet at times when the workshop is not in session. It will be equipped with a kitchenette, an accessible toilet, storage cupboards and collapsible tables and chairs and will be decorated in such a way that it becomes a comfortable and welcoming meeting place. The mezzanine will provide a storage space for materials and on-going projects.
We have applied for numerous grants to fund the build of this men's shed, but with only partial success. We still need at least $110,000 to bring the project to fruition. Please support us generously and help make a difference to men's health and well-being in Copacabana and surrounding suburbs. Any contribution you make will be much appreciated.
For more details and information about the Copacabana Community Men's Shed, please visit our website:
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