Requirements of membership

A CMS application form print out is available on this site for your convenience. Bring it with you or complete one when you visit the shed.

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 that was approved at the last Annual General Meeting of CMS – 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 practises and the safe use of materials and equipment.
  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.

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