The Shepway Men’s Shed has been given a boost with new equipment thanks to a community grant from Kent County Council.
The Shed project supports ex service personnel which includes a large proportion of Gurkhas.
The ‘Shedders’ expressed a wish to learn DIY and basic woodwork skills, but the equipment they had access to needed to be replaced and adapted to make sure it was safe to use and fit for purpose for all users, including two shedders who had lost limbs and are unable to use standard tools.
The three KCC members for Folkestone, Hod Birkby, Frank Mckenna and Bob Neaves, combined their funding to support this worthy project with a grant of £2,700.
The funding was used to purchase a variety of tools which will help the Shedders to fulfil their wish to be able to go out into the community to carry out small tasks and to start making toys and small furniture which can be sold to help raise funds to keep the project running.
Mark Connorton from the Shepway Volunteer Centre and Kent Shed project said: “Members grants have been fundamental in reaching out to the whole community as it gives us the freedom to purchase what we require, when we need it, without a drawn-out funding bid.
“We make sure it goes to those who will benefit the most.
“We thank all the Members who have support our work over the years and enabled us to help so many in the Shepway area of Kent.”