Men’s Shed Facilitator

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We are looking for a resourceful, practical and enthusiastic Men’s Shed Facilitator to run and develop our Men’s Shed project based in Hereford.  We currently have 15 members of the Men’s Shed but a key role for successful candidates is to grow and develop the group further.

As Men’s Shed Facilitator, you will:

  • Develop and facilitate the Shed to required standards
  • Develop and deliver a series of practical sessions to small groups of local older men
  • Support and motivate a team of volunteers working on the project

We are particularly keen to involve someone with a Forces background, as a number of our members are Veterans.  An interest in practical ideas, such as furniture recycling or gardening would be desirable, or an enthusiasm to “roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!”

The role is 12 hours per week, but as the Shed develops there are more hours available based on member recruitment/ community development.

What is the Men’s Shed?

The Men Sheds concept was established in Australia, and has since grown worldwide. The Aspire Men’s Shed was established in 2015 and was one of the first in the Herefordshire area. We support men over the age of 55 with the project.

The project supports men who have experienced life-changing events such as redundancy, retirement, bereavement or mental / physical health or social isolation.  The majority of the members do not have a Learning Disability, some do have age related support needs e.g. dementia.

The ‘sheds’ give men a place to meet, be productive and get involved with their local community as well as keeping them physically and mentally active. They provide a safe, supportive and friendly setting where men can socialise, learn new skills and practice existing skills by working alongside each other on community projects. It’s a place for like-minded men to access a workshop-type space which contains tools, work benches and raw materials to construct, repair or finish a variety of projects.  It’s a place to chat and enjoy a cup of tea “shoulder to shoulder” and have a sense of well-being.

How to apply

For an application pack, please contact HR on 01432 269 406, or hr@aspireliving.org.uk

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Sue Bucknell, Community Operations Manager, on 01432 269 406 or sue.bucknell@aspireliving.org.uk

As part of the interview process you will be invited to join a session and provide a short presentation on how you would engage the community with the Shed.