SPRINGBURN PARK MEN'S SHED

"The kettle's always on!"



The idea of opening a Men's Shed within Springburn Park was surveyed at the Open Doors event in June 2018, thereafter 18 men signed up and formed a steering group. Following several meetings the group was formally constituted in August 2018 and office bearers appointed. This group of men worked hard over the next few months repairing and preparing the large Nissen shed so as to be ready to open sometime in January 2019. On the 14th January 2019 The Springburn Park Men's Shed became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC048953) and opened its doors to members on 15th January 2019.

The purpose of the organisation is to provide recreational facilities and advance the social needs, health and well being of men of all ages and backgrounds living in Springburn and surrounding areas. By;
a) Creating, developing and maintaining a facility, namely a Men's Shed
b) Offering opportunities for men in the area to meet and undertake creative, physical, purposeful and recreational activities of their choice.
c) Reducing isolation of men in the area thus contributing to their physical and mental well being.
d) Developing the capacity of men in the area to share their skills and knowledge with others in the community.

Aside the obvious health benefits that the Men's Shed can offer, it is also a place for men to meet other likeminded guys with similar interests and to engage in a range of activities that will enlarge their circle of friends and improve their quality of life.

Our Men's Shed Trustees are a dedicated group of local people with a breadth of experience across all sectors of industry. During our first year of operation our Trustees undertook extensive management committee and board training including governance, financial controls, community engagement, fundraising, monitoring & evaluation, polices & procedures and roles and responsibilities, we are currently working on a 3 year business plan.

We have woodworking & metalworking workshop's, music classes, a book-swap, Pyrography class, Renewables Group, board games, a socialising and reading area and a social dining area. We are open to any new ideas so if you have a good idea, try us!



2022 News & Projects

Outdoor Handyman Service

Please note;  Our local outdoor Handyman Service has, at least, a 3-4 week waiting list. Our Community Handyman Service -Nurseries, Schools, Community Groups, etc. Now has a 3-4 month waiting list. We are doing our best to get you you as soon as possible. Please keep in mind this is a free service run by local volunteers.

Petershill Allotments
We want to build a fully accessible allotment for all our members, and local residents, to enjoy. We want to build raised beds with wide pathways for wheelchair users. If you're a keen grower and want to pass on your skills and knowledge to others please get in touch. We are also on the lookout for any donations of tools, gardening equipment, timber and other materials to get our allotment up and running, even a shed if anyone has one they no longer use. If anyone has a large disabled ramp they want to donate please get in touch.
We have just applied to Glasgow City Council's Area Partnership for funding, if successful we will start the big allotment build in September 2022.


The Boat Build Project
Currently we are working in partnership with Partick Thistle Charitable Trust and The Firhill Youth Project & Sports Hub on a boat building project based at our own workshop in Springburn Park. We will be building boats for future community use. Project funded by Scottish Canals.

Springburn Park Synthetic Pitch Facility
PTCT have been successfully running the synthetic pitch facility at Springburn Park for the past two years under a permission to use. We are delighted to support their application to Glasgow City Council to take on a long-term lease of the facility ensuring it will remain a community asset for the next 20 years. Due to budget cuts GCC have not been able to reopen the facility so it's up to organisations such as PTCT to step in and keep our local facilities open. PTCT's application relies on support from our local community, please support their application for the long-term lease.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland
We were delighted to be invited along to Springburn Academy's YPI event. We had a great afternoon chatting with the S2's who are genuinely interested in what's going on in their local community. Thank you S2 pupils for picking Springburn Park Men's Shed as your chosen charity to go forward to the YPI Finals in June.

Langa Street Nursery
We recycled more end-of-life scaffold boards and wooden pallets and built 4 raised planters and a mud kitchen for Langa St Nursery. (One of our Shedders attended the nursery over50 years ago).

SPMS Bike Maintenance
We are in talks with another organisation to set up a Bike maintenance Hub at our Men's Shed. 3 of our Shedders will receive VeloTech Award training. If we are successful with a funding application we will offer Park Users the opportunity to have their bikes safety checked and, if necessary, repaired at our Men's Shed.

Balornock PS Phase 2
We are building outdoor mud kitchens and planters, installing new outdoor play equipment and refurbishing their steel storage container.

Marie Curie Hospice, Springburn
Following the recent pandemic our Handyman Service will be returning to our local Marie Curie Hospice to maintain the raised planters and to repair or rebuild the damaged benches in time for summer. The Marie Curie staff have worked tirelessly, in very difficult circumstances, to look after the patients under their care. They deserve a nice outdoor space to sit and relax during their breaks.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! YOU CAN DONATE OR HELP US PURCHASE THE TIMBER WE NEED TO REPAIR THE GARDEN FURNITURE, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU CAN HELP.

Mosesfield Memorial Garden, Springburn Park
SPMS Handyman Service are working at the memorial gardens. We've been tidying the grounds and have started repairing the benches. Our shedders have been busy at our workshop recycling broken and unwanted wooden pallets to make small picket fencing for the memorial garden. If you have a memorial to a loved one pop in to the Men's Shed and we will give you some fencing or let us know where your memorial is located and we will do it for you.

National Theatre of Scotland
Future project, later this year we will be working on a project with the National Theatre of Scotland

Renewables Group (SPICE)
Our renewables club runs on Wednesdays. If you're interested in joining pop in and ask for Peter.

Pyrography Class
If you're interested in learning pyrography pop in any Wednesday and ask for Gary. (The pyrography class are always on the lookout for picture frames, please get in touch if you have any you can donate).

Community Allotments
We are currently working in partnership with NG Homes and the local Chinese community to prepare a community allotment space at South Loch Street.

Northgate Church
We built new outdoor raised planters for their community allotment.

Springburn Community Hub
We are currently helping out at Springburn Community Hub.

Culture Collective Scotland
Currently, we are working in partnership with Toonspeak, Tron St Marys, BCDC and Spirit of Springburn on arts projects as part of the Culture Collective project culminating in an event to be held at Springburn Park later this year.

Rossvale FC
We would like to thank Rossvale FC Chairman Dom McInally for inviting our Shedders to Petershill Park and for the wonderful hospitality we receive at every home match.




2021 Projects

North Glasgow Community Food Initiative (Springburn Garden Allotments)
Our Handyman Service cut down the 8ft hedge around two of NGCFI allotment spaces at Springburn Garden Allotments. In return NGCFI supplied us the ingredients and taught 3 of our Shedders to make a variety of delicious Indian dishes for our Christmas Lunch at our Men's Shed. Thank you so much Sineadin, we are looking forward to more cookery classes in 2022!

Robin House Children's Hospice
We were contacted by Robin House Children's Hospice, Balloch and asked if we could build a Santa Sleigh for their Christmas Party. As usual our Shedders agreed to help and decided to open our Men's Shed an extra day to get started on the sleigh. Within a few days the main structure of the sleigh was built, we put a shout out for help with paint, upholstery foam and material to finish off the sleigh. As usual, the local community came through and we completed the sleigh in time. We delivered the sleigh to Santa at the Hospice in time for his arrival. Amazingly! our Santa sleigh Facebook post received over 25,000 views, 179 shares, 84 likes and lots of encouraging comments.
Please take 10 minutes to watch this video about Robin House Children's Hospice.

COP26
Working in partnership with NG Homes, we have just taken delivery of two 40 foot trailers filled with used timber and other items from COP26 event at SECC which would have otherwise gone to landfill. We will recycle / repurpose all of this timber. We also donated 20 tins of unused left over paint to Springburn Parish Church and one of our Shedders will be working there over the next few weeks giving the interior of the Church a nice fresh look just in time for the festive season.

HANDYMAN SERVICE
Recently we received funding from Glasgow City Council's Area Partnership towards setting up a local Handyman Service. We would also like to thank Allied Vehicles (Allied Mobility) for donating batteries to this project, and Freewheel North for the Rickshaws.

We intend to run an eco-friendly service by refurbishing two electric Rickshaws and building bespoke e-trailers for them. The vehicles and equipment will be recharged using solar power making it an entirely GREEN service! The electric vehicles will carry up to 3 of our Volunteers out into the local community to help local residents maintain their gardens, garden furniture, fences and gates.

Local residents will only be asked to pay for any materials used and our volunteers work free of charge. If you are a local resident who needs assistance or knows a neighbour who could do with a little help please get in touch.

Please Note! We only work on outdoors projects we do not enter anyones home to do internal house repairs. Please contact your Housing Association or Landlord for that service.

If you are male, over 18 yrs old and want to help by volunteering some of your free time to our HANDYMAN SERVICE please get in touch.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you're a Gardener or good DIYer and wold like to share your skills and knowledge please get in touch.

ADAPTIVE BIKES
SPMS are working in partnership with Freewheel North to adapt donated bicycles for use by physically challenged adults and children.

S.P.I.C.E (Springburn Park Inspirational Climate Engineering)
Our SPICE group is headed by a physicist member and their first project is installing e-motors to our rickshaws. They will also oversee the installation of solar panels, controllers and a battery bank at our Men's Shed workshops making our Handyman Service entirely GREEN. They have other amazing ideas and potential projects for Springburn Park, including a Savonius Turbine -perhaps located at the old flagpole site. This is also an educational tool and will show how wind power is turned into electricity, which in turn could be used to illuminate the Park at night. They have lots more ideas like Solar and Pedal powered fountains in the ponds.

SPMS SPICE Group are currently installing our own weather station, we hope to be online in a couple of weeks time.

Read more about SPICE here   

MARIE CURIE
We are looking forward to working with Marie Curie to help them maintain the garden furniture and gardens at the Springburn Hospice once Covid restrictions are lowered. In the meantime, our Shedders are busy making Bird Feeders and Bird Boxes for the gardens. The patients enjoy watching the birds, and cheeky squirrels, eating from the feeders.

NG HOMES
We are working with NG Homes to help maintain community allotment spaces in Springburn.

FASHION SHOW JULY 2021
We were approached by Divine Amy Tasinda in June to assist her in staging a Fashion Show at our Community Village, we were only to happy to help a local lass!
Divine attended Springburn Academy, now a successful choreographer and designer she wanted to put on a fashion show at the park she knew from her childhood. Springburn Park Men's Shed set about building a huge stage and catwalk from recycled materials donated to our Shed from BAM Construct UK who recently built a new hospital at Stobhill Mental Health Campus.
We extend our thanks to BAM once again, without whom we would have not been able to help Divine.
Pictures from the Fashion Show

Springburn Park Community Event "Make Something Better"
Springburn Park Men's Shed were one of several local groups who got together with NG Homes to host a fun day in Springburn Park, "Make Something Better". It was a celebration of the lockdown coming to an end and local community focused organisations getting back to helping our local residents. We facilitated site meetings and built another stage inside the community village. We assisted Glasgow Girls Club display their artwork at the village's outdoor classroom. It was an amazing day and the weather was perfect. Our Men's Shed received fantastic feedback from local residents, we really appreciated your kind words. Our thanks to NG Homes, in particular Margaret Fraser, Regeneration Director and Amy Rewcastle of Glasgow Girls Club who both did an amazing job organising this event in such a short timescale. Well done Ladies!

AED (DEFIBRILLATOR)
We are delighted to have received an AED from St Andrews First Aid through the Scottish Men's Shed Association. It's so important to have a life saving device 'on tap'. Our Trustees discussed the need for such a device to be located at our park some time ago and we have been actively trying to source one. We know that after someone as a heart attack every second counts and having an AED onsite could save the life of one of our Shedders or any other member of the public using Springburn Park. We have put up signage outside our Men's Shed and we hope, with the help of our local Councillors and GCC Parks Department, more signposting can be installed in Springburn Park to make all Park Users aware of it's location. Knowing this device is readily accessible gives reassurance should the worst happen.

Here's a link to the article in Glasgow Evening Times

Balornock Primary School
Currently our Handyman Service volunteers are working at Balornock Primary school. We are repairing and tidying up the outdoor planters, next we are also refurbishing their steel storage container -no mean feat! We're building outdoor play equipment for the P1's at our workshops. -We would like to thank the school's catering staff for providing us tea, coffee and biscuits, it's much appreciated! Pictures here

We've just received the best Christmas present EVER!   Due to current restrictions the pupils of Balornock PS couldn't attend our Men's Shed in person to sing us Christmas Carol's so they made us this fantastically festive video Link Here Just amazing. Thank you all!

Hawthorn Housing Co-operative
Our Handyman Service volunteers recently refurbished a Memorial Garden in Possilpark for Hawthorn Housing Co-operative

Allied Vehicles
A huge thank you once again to Allied Vehicles and Gemma of Allied PPE for donating 1,000 respirator masks to our Men's Shed. This will tide us over for quite a while! Allied Vehicles have given our Men's Shed fantastic support since we reopened after lockdown.


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