Funding boost for Aboyne project

Left to right - Stuart Wright Asda, Stuart Hall, Aboyne Men's Shed, Jason Schroeder, Chairman Scottish Men's Shed and Jo Phillip,s of Royal Voluntary Serivce

Left to right - Stuart Wright Asda, Stuart Hall, Aboyne Men's Shed, Jason Schroeder, Chairman Scottish Men's Shed and Jo Phillip,s of Royal Voluntary Serivce

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A new group in Aboyne has been given a boost after being awarded funding for their community shed space.

Aboyne and District Men’s Shed has received £550, along with other sheds in Aberdeenshire, from the Asda Foundation

The project, where people can meet to take part in practical skills and activities, is still in its early stages, having started in June.

Still in the search for suitable premises, the charity’s eight trustees are currently setting out plans to build a local Shed.

It is hoped the specially-designed building will be up and running in the next two years.

Currently the lack of premises means the charity is unable to cater for any members. However, future members will be the driving force in what activities the Shed will offer. Activities are likely to include metal and wood work but also gardening.

Membership is free and the aim is to interest a range of ages from a variety of backgrounds.

In particular, the charity plans to appeal to men recently made redundant from the North Sea oil industry and who want to utilise their talents in teaching others new skills.

Stuart Hall, from Aboyne and District Men’s Shed said: “We are elated to receive our first grant. Having raised money through various events such as having a stall at the Aboyne games, the funding will go a long way in securing planning permission for the Shed.”

“Jason Schroefer, Scottish Men’s Sheds Association chairman, has been vital in advising us with the planning permission. It is also great to be able to pick up the phone to ask advice from other Sheds in the area and to be part of that community.”

Julie Ward, Asda Foundation senior manager, said: “We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a

grassroots level and are proud to support this initiative.”

The Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, established the Sheds Grant Fund.

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