Who we are
We are a group of like minded people who meet up to make + share ideas, skills and experiences.
The purpose of The Inverclyde (Community) Shed is to provide recreational facilities and advance the social needs, health and well-being of people living in the Inverclyde area. By creating, developing, sustaining and maintaining workshop facilities, we offer opportunities for people in the Inverclyde area to meet and undertake creative, physical, purposeful and recreational activities of their choice. Our membership is open to anyone over 18 years old and currently includes a wide range of retiree’s, crafts people, ex-servicemen, professionals, photographers, programmers, engineers, architects, carpenters and others.
We aim to reduce isolation of people in the area thus contributing to their physical and mental wellbeing and developing the capacity of people in the Inverclyde area to share their skills and knowledge with others in the community.
There is a growing body of research around social exclusion and the role that spaces like community sheds can play in addressing this. It has been shown that Sheds can help tackle depression and other mental wellbeing issues. This is the reason sheds are supported by the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, the NHS and Social health professionals.
What we Do
meet, make + share
A Community Shed is a spaces where people can come together to take part in practical skills and activities. Also known as ‘Men’s Sheds’ or 'activity sheds’, they are run by their members to give people the chance to share tools, talents and resources in order to be creative, learn new skills and make friends.
Providing a community shed means that our members are able to satisfy their desire to make and repair things, with the added advantage of more involvement with their local community, families and each other. The practicality of making things makes the shed an interesting place to be and people initially attracted by the workshop, also find it fun to be there and make new friends with shared interest’s, experiences and perspectives.
We operate a 700 sqft shed space which is equipped with a range of tools & materials for members to use, including hand tools tools for carpentry and metal working, power tools and material processing tools including saws and lathes for wood turning.
The space has a unisex toilet, meeting area and tea making facilities for all members to use.
reduce, repair, re-use, recylce
The Inverclyde Shed’s objectives are to reduce waste, to maintain repair skills and to strengthen social cohesion. We are committed to reducing disposal costs, reducing waste going to landfill and to creating jobs for local people.
The Inverclyde Shed therefore undertakes repairs where it can for people in our community, we do not charge for the work but we do request a cash or in-kind donation (over and above agreed materials costs). The level of the donation is left completely to the commissioners discretion but will be agreed with the shed and members responsible for the repair prior to work commencing. We do not undertake projects which have deadlines, members are contributing their skills as in-kind donations to the shed and are taking on this type of activity as a hobby.
Examples of the work that we undertake include:-
Picture frames, plaques and memorials.
Re-rushing or re-caning chairs and stools
Fixing wobbly (or replacing) legs and arms for chairs or tables
Re-furbishing spinning wheels, pumps, tools, rocking chair, kneeler
Refurbishment of Easels, Garden benches, a Document Shredder, Angel wings, Mirror and picture frames, Pushchair and Cake stand
Sharpening chisels, secateurs, axes etc
Where items cannot be repaired, we can sometimes fabricate from scratch.
Our board consists of the Trustee’s and Office Bearers, who are also ordinary members.
trustee / chairperson
Bruce is a practising architect with over 20 years experience and currently serves as a trustee to The Glasgow Tools Library and The George Wyllie Foundation. He was a co-founder of MAKLAB, Scotland’s first Open Access Digital Manufacturing Centre and as Technical Director of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, setup the ‘Innovation Factory’, a 35,000 sqft prototyping centre.
Bruce is responsible for making sure that each meeting is planned effectively, conducted according to the constitution and that matters are dealt with in an orderly, efficient manner. Bruce also leads the shed’s funding bids and relationship co-ordination with the other organisations that the shed works with.
Bruce is a founding Trustee of the Inverclyde Shed SCIO.
trustee / secretary + workshop supervisor
George Banks is a former Soldier having served 25 years in various parts of the world. He is experienced in management positions including logistics, training & development and strategical planning and held positions since leaving the Forces with Twinning’s Tea, Dell Computers, Mecca and Gala Bingo. These experiences have demonstrated the power of teamwork and collaborative problem solving.
Now retired, George volunteers with Combat Stress on their Peer Support Programme and likes to relax by reading books on history, watching international rugby or going to gigs.
The secretary's role is to be guardian of the organisation, keeping up-to-date contact details for the management committee and ordinary members.
George is a founding Trustee of the Inverclyde Shed SCIO and was involved in the setting up of the Dunoon Mens Shed.
trustee / co-treasurer + workshop supervisor
Laughlin is an electronics engineer with a keen interest in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Renew agenda of the Circular Economy. Laughlin is a workshop supervisor and co-ordinates community projects, joinery and metal working.
The treasurer is the person responsible for organising our bank account and overseeing the production of our annual accounts.
Jim served his apprenticeship in engineering at Dorman Diesels, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow . Became marine engineer and served latterly on P.S. Waverley before retiring to Dunoon where along with others helped set up Dunoon Men's Shed.
Jim is a founding Trustee of the Inverclyde Shed SCIO
trustee / co-treasurer
After university Neil joined the Civil Service (Employment Department) in Scotland. After working for various other employers he joined a chemical company (now part of Bayer) based near Cambridge as Personnel and Finance Director, retiring in 2001 and then moving back to Scotland in 2006. He has worked in various charities and has just stepped down after three years as trustee for North Ayrshire Cancer Care based in Kilwinning. He is interested in boats and is involved with (OIR) Opportunities in Retirement in Largs.