The idea of opening a Men's Shed within Springburn Park was surveyed at the community open 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 it's 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 have undertaken 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, cookery classes, book-swap, a music and reading area and a social dining area. We are open to any new ideas so if you have a good idea, try us!
SPRINGBURN HANDYMAN SERVICE
Phase One; Currently, we are seeking a cocktail of funding to enable us to provide a local 'Handyman Service' consisting of two electric rickshaws with e-trailers and e-cordless gardening equipment and cordless power tools. Each rickshaw will carry up to 3 men and their equipment out to our local community. Phase two: We will seek additional funding to purchase and install solar panels to our Shed which will enable us to recharge the rickshaws and cordless equipment making it an entirely 'Green' service.
We have already secured £6,000 of the £16,000 required to complete this project thanks to Foundation Scotland and the Arnold Clark Community Fund. We would like to thank Allied Vehicles (Allied Mobility) for donating batteries to this project, and Freewheel North for the Rickshaws.
SPMS metalwork guys 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. If our funding bid is successful they will oversee the installation of the solar panels, controllers and the battery bank at our Men's Shed 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.
We are looking forward to working with Marie Curie to help them maintain the garden furniture and gardens at the Springburn Hospice -The first client of our Springburn Handyman Service.
We are looking forward to working with NG Homes to help maintain community spaces, etc. Another client for Springburn Handyman Service.
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.
See pictures from the Fashion Show at our Gallery page
Springburn Park Community Event
Springburn Park Men's Shed are assisting NG Homes to put on a fun day in Springburn Park. Watch out for posters going up in the local area soon.
Date: 31 July 2021 Time: 12 - 4pm Where: Springburn Park