Membership

An application form is available on this site for you to print out at your convenience. Complete it and drop it into the Shed when you’re ready.

The following sets out the requirements of membership to the Channel Men’s Shed Inc. (CMS).

  1. Your application must be approved by the Committee and to avoid delays in the process, the application is scanned and emailed to the Committee for their review and response to the Secretary. Once the majority of the Committee approves an application, the Secretary shall advise you by either email, telephone or surface mail as the case applies.
  2. Applicants are required to pay the membership fee, approved at the preceding Annual General Meeting, which is currently $44 for a full year and reducible after the first 6 months of our financial year (Jan ~ Dec).
  3. Before being eligible to use tools, machinery or equipment in the Shed, every applicant is required to undergo our Shed Induction, which takes around 45 minutes. The induction is usually conducted by our Secretary or a Committee Member and primarily relates to each members’ responsibility towards safe practices, the safe use of materials and equipment and having consideration of the safety of others around you.
  4. Before you are permitted to use machinery or equipment within the Shed, you will need to be assessed for competence in its use. The assessments are performed by our mentors who are already skilled and competent with specific items of equipment / machines.

After an applicant’s induction attendance, a name badge is produced to which we affix a pink dot to acknowledge induction attendance. When applicant’s demonstrate their competence in the use of machinery / equipment, a different coloured star (for different woodwork machinery / equipment) and a different coloured dot (for different metalwork machinery / equipment) is also affixed to the name badge to provide a visual indication of each member’s approval to use machinery / equipment.

Members MUST wear their name badge at all times in the Shed.

Our policy is to have and maintain a safe and harmonious environment for the benefit of all members.