Adelaide-based ECEC providers invited to connect with innovative new tinker space
The City of Adelaide will launch a new City Shed program, designed to get people “talking about everything from metal work to mental health”, and open to all DIY enthusiasts.
In order to fill the Shed with meaningful projects, the City has called for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to send in items for repair, or requests for new items.
The community shed will be open to everyone and anyone, the City said, with men and women invited to get involved in a hands-on project and contribute to the community.
The project was instigated and championed by the Lord Mayor’s husband, Gregg Mitchell, and supported by Council.
“This isn’t just a Men’s Shed, anyone can get involved. The space will be a chance to share ideas and skills and to discuss your methods and pick up new techniques,” said Mr Mitchell.
Meeting every week, the group will first put their minds and skills towards making bird boxes for the Cuddlee Creek area which was destroyed by bushfire in 2019.
City Shed President Gordon Russell says the space will be more than just a workshop.
“There is a saying in the Shed movement that the most important tool in the shed is the kettle,” Mr Russell said.
“The objectives of the Shed are to advance the health and well-being of our members by providing a safe and happy environment where skilled and unskilled members can pursue hobbies, learn new skills and contribute to the community.”
The Adelaide City Shed will be a place to share tools whilst avoiding the costs and clean-up of doing it at home. To be based in Franklin Street workshop, Makerspace, the state-of-the-art space comes equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment.
Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said it is an important initiative.
“Whether you’re as skilled as a tradie or still learning the difference between a screwdriver and a Phillips head, I think it’s important the City Shed is open to everyone,” the Lord Mayor said.
“As we slowly return to normal practices after the impact of COVID-19, I think this project will provide a real opportunity for people to socialise and is a great alternative to the pub or sporting field.”
The City Shed will launch on Monday April 12 at Makerspace, 100 Franklin Street, Adelaide and will be open every Monday from 10am to 4pm. More information is available here.