Councillor Geoff Pook has cut a ribbon at Beer Men’s Shed to mark the end of a successful crowdfunding campaign. The new facility aims to help mental health and combat isolation among local men.
The project raised more than £10,000 through crowdfunding to build a workshop. East Devon District Council gave £4,500, £700 came from Devon County Council’s Community Chest and £500 was donated from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Community Resilience Fund.
Cllr Pook is East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) portfolio holder for Asset Management and Ward Member for Beer and Branscombe,
In addition to the crowdfunding campaign, Clinton Devon Estates cleared the land for the shed to go on for free.
Many of the tools, other items and help were donated or provided at cost by a variety of other local businesses, groups and individuals.
Beer Men’s Shed uses a workshop environment to get men together from the area to make things, which helps them socialise, improve their mental and physical health, and feel less isolated. The funding means that they have been able to build their own workshop in the centre of the village and buy good quality tools and equipment.
Previously the project participants had to use their own tools and meet in garages and small sheds, which restricted the number of men able to take part.
Chris Pickles, Chair of Beer Men’s Shed, said: “We really appreciate the help that East Devon District Council has given us, not just from its own grant but also through its crowdfunding scheme which has meant that local people and organisations could join in as well. The result is that we received more donations that took us beyond our target, and we now have a Men’s Shed that is even better equipped than we had hoped.”
Money available from Crowdfund East Devon is in addition to a large amount of county-wide crowdfunding money available from Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, as part of the Crowdfund Devon partnership.
If you’re involved with a not for profit group and want to find out more about crowdfunding, East Devon District Council are running two more free Introduction to Crowdfunding sessions:
- Monday – 18 November from 3pm to 4.30pm at Blackdown House in Honiton
- Monday – 2 December from 5pm to 6.30pm at Exmouth Town Hall