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First Aid training February 2019

Channel Men’s Shed is pleased to have been able to arrange for 44 members and friends of the Shed to complete an one-day-first-aid course. The course was conducted by St John Ambulance and financed by grants from TMSA Grants Programme funded by the Tasmanian Government and Australia Post Community Workforce Grants programme.
Thanks to these organisations, and a top up from the Shed’s own funds, the three days of the training was cost-free to the participants. 
The 2019 Committee has expressed its satisfaction with the outcome of this initiative, 44 trained emergency first aiders in the Margate Area which supplements the installation of a defibrillator at the Margate BP station– and expressed its hopes that over the next years, further training courses will be possible.

Some recent projects

Illustrating one of the many reasons to be a regular member of the Channel Men’s Shed. Shareholders in the “Splitter Group” take delivery of their new 28 ton log splitter. This is not something that the Shed itself did but an initiative of a number of members (and hopefully future members) who clubbed together to purchase the splitter which, according to one of the share holder’s calculations will repay each shareholder’s investment in less than a year.

Esmail, a regular attendee at the Shed is putting the final touches to his latest project, a slightly retro take on the coffee table in Tasmanian Myrtle. Using the Shed’s large tools, a great deal of patience and skill an (expensive) purchase of rough sawn timber has been transformed into an heirloom piece of furniture.

Local groups put the occasional challenge to members of the Shed. In this case, a member of the fund-raising group intent on providing a Chapel for Snug Village introduced us to the concept of a mock wedding on the bridal table of which they wanted a “wishing” well to collect donations toward the Chapel. The octagonal joinery provided a couple of our members with a little head scratching but the result is something quite impressive. Particularly considering the timber came from a packing case and to the cost was just glue and screws. It is not what you have but how you use it perhaps.

One of our job seekers pictured is working on a project for the Southern Christian College. The Shed has undertaken the construction of a set of training equipment for the junior school designed to enhance motor skills and coordination. The plans required careful consideration to keep cost within the College’s budget and provide suitable training for the job-seekers involved. The Shed’s relationship with Max Employment is presently under review and volunteers interested in supporting this community outreach program are encouraged to call in an chat about the various opportunities available.

Among the Shed’s members are a small group of rock hounds. They organise expeditions to search out local stones and thanks to equipment loans from a couple of enthusiasts, are able to cut their finds using for example, the diamond saw illustrated. There is always the hope of an attractive jewel-like section or as in the case of the rock on the saw, a rather disappointing black as a “reward” for three hours of patient cutting. Paul remains philosophical and looks forward to future expeditions.