Kavanagh encourages Mens’ Sheds movement

“Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulder”
Cllr Pat Kavanagh is delighted to announce an open competition run by the Irish Men’s Shed Association to cover the costs for a Shedder to be a part of the Niall Mellon Township Trust which this year is to be a Mandela Tribute School Building Blitz in Eastern Cape, South Africa, during November 2014.
Participating in this exciting initiative would usually entail a lot of fundraising and a contribution to building materials, so to have been given this opportunity is very exciting and the IMSA are delighted to be able to offer it out to their members.
The competition is open to all Shedders, and being skillful is not a necessary criteria as labourers are just as valuable as skilled workmen.  The only two requirements are that the participant has a valid passport which must be valid 6 months from the departure date from South Africa and that they have no issue being Garda Vetted with a view to receiving full Garda clearance prior to departure.
As part of the competition, the ISMA are looking for Shedders to make a pitch as to why you deserve this opportunity.  These can be written essay style (2 full pages please) or as a voice or video recording lasting no longer than 3 minutes (on your phone is fine, keep it simple!).
These pitches should be returned to the ISMA by 5pm on Friday 13 June 2013 at the very latest.  They will then be judged and the successful person will be notified as soon as possible thereafter and their details published on our website.
Cllr Pat Kavanagh was one of the founding members of Wicklow Men’s Shed in 2012, and is still their secretary.  She says “Wicklow men are building on the initiative of many others around the world in setting up a space where men of all ages, and with a variety of skills or none, can come to work and socialise together, learn or pass on new skills or ideas, break the monotony of being at home, have a laugh and contribute constructively to their locality. We have a fully equiped workshop with a wide range of tools, power tools and lathe where men can undertake a wide range of creative or restoration projects.
We also have a training room where a wide range of courses take place. Previous courses include Digital Photography, Woodwork, Healthy Eating and Cookery, Certified Power Tool course, Passive House Insulation. I am very excited about this competition and am willing to assist any of our members who wish to apply for it”
Tom McInerney, Chairman of Wicklow Men’s Shed said: “Cllr Pat Kavanagh has done great work for us by fundraising and applying for various grants. She has worked tirelessly for Wicklow Men’s Shed, and with her as our secretary we continue to grow bigger and better. I fully endorse her candidacy in the local elections”
Wicklow Men’s Shed is situated on Dispensary Lane (Behind Methodist Church), Wicklow Town. Tel: 085 830 2500
Men’s Shed Timetable for  2014
Mondays – Workshop Open 10am-2pm
Tuesdays – Workshop Open 10am-2pm and 2pm-5pm
Wednesdays – Workshop Open 10am-2pm
Art group upstairs
Thursdays – Workshop Open 10am-2pm, 2pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm
Guitar/music practice/sessions upstairs 7pm-9pm
Fridays – Workshop Open 10am-2pm.
Saturdays – Community Garden 11am-1pm, starting date to be announced.

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