Aboyne & District Men’s Shed and Community Facility update.
Aboyne Men’s Shed and Community Facility Committee are pleased to announce the award of £5134.66 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Many thanks to the Co-op, particularly to the local staff in the Aboyne Co-op who have been so supportive of our project. Also of course many thanks to everyone who has supported us by shopping at “The Co-opie”.
You will all be wondering how things have been going since the last news update. Well, currently we find ourselves working on a couple of funding “hiccups” that have caused us to re-work our strategy for the build part of the project. One of our funders has pulled out completely and unexpectedly. There is nothing we can do about this except work around it. Our major funder has neither said yes nor no, but deferred decision until the New Year. The ‘shed trustees have met with their representative and, as a result, we are now in process of adding further input to our funding application. This re-submission will go in early January, with a decision expected mid-March.
Part of the issue is the apparently restrictive title we have for our project. As you know, it has become much more than a Men’s Shed. It is now very much a community building, available to everybody. Yes it will have a workshop downstairs, but upstairs will be a comfortable social area, with another adjacent room suitable for all kinds of activities. We thought we had got this message across in our funding applications, but it seems we have more to do. We believe that a change of name from Aboyne & District Men’s Shed” to “Aboyne & Upper Deeside Community Shed” might help.
Back to the funding issues – we are of course actively seeking funds to replace those lost when one of our funders withdrew. However, provided that our major funder comes good next year, we have sufficient funds to complete the building to wind/watertight. At that stage, it would be possible to do much of the finishing work ourselves. Many of the trustees and people on the interested parties list have trade and DIY skills. We also have offers, some tentative at present, for materials. Further down the line we may well be asking you all to lend a hand! Do post or email if you have skills/materials that could help us get to the finishing post!
Finally, there are some new thanks to add. Thanks to John Shearer, of Mayell Shearer Ltd., who gave his time to help us gain VAT free status for the build. This was by no means a foregone conclusion – not all charities are entitled to VAT free status for a new building. Thanks also to Jennifer at Tangletree: the trustees had to vacate Unit 9 at the Business Centre at the end of November. Jennifer is now letting us use the group room at Tangletree in Unit 5 for our weekly meetings. Thanks to you ALL - our supporters!