A successful application for a Community Asset Transfer provided us with our premises at Unit 19, Harlaw Way, Inverurie AB51 4SG.
After extensive works carried out by our members, the building was converted into a workshop to house woodworking and metalworking equipment and also includes a clean room and craft area.
Thanks to funding from the NHS Grampian Endowment Small Grants Fund we bought two portacabins, converting them to provide a social area, a kitchen and toilets along with the provision of disabled facilities.
The Portacabins were officially opened by Alex Salmond in December 2016.
Our Shed receives ongoing support from CVA Aberdeenshire and Aberdeenshire Council so we are not alone in our quest to establish and maintain a Men's Shed for the good of the men in Inverurie and District.
Having received generous grants and materials from the Aberdeenshire Health Improvement Fund, Travis Perkins and Breedon Aggregates, we purchased and erected a polytunnel in the Community Space on the former site of the Harlaw Day Centre.
This was the first Men's Shed polytunnel in Aberdeenshire.
It was opened in June 2016 by Jim McColl of BBC TV's Beechgrove Garden fame.
The Men's Shed movement started in Australia and spread like wildfire. The movement grew fast as a social and workshop environment for men of all ages from 18-90+ who found themselves retired, out of work, and/or with disabilities or just plain bored. They had time on their hands and the Men's Shed movement was born.
The Men's Shed concept has proved exciting and useful. A group of men get together, decide what and where they want to have a Shed and the men themselves make it happen.
Our Shed is a not-for-profit Charity being duly constituted with a board and members.
The Shed provides not just an escape but a place to meet other men, enjoy social company and either pass on their own skills or learn new ones.
Being operated by the members themselves, gives the incentive to make the Shed a success, but there is no one in charge, the members run the charity by committee and all have equal say.
So the Shed is a community within a community and becomes part of the larger social structure, designing and making, for example, fences, park benches or memorials. The men decide, based on the skills they have, what form these community projects take.