September 2020 e-bulletin
It's been a long 6 months but we can assure all readers of our e-bulletin that we have not disappeared! Of course Men's Sheds were all closed for the safety of their members and communities, but with the easing of lockdown, along with greater understanding of how the virus is transmitted, we are pleased to say Sheds are now ready to meet the challenges of re-opening...
The first step was to make sure that Sheds had their PPE requirements met. We handed out masks, gloves and hand sanitiser as well as face shields which were kindly donated to us by Plume School and a generous member of the local community. We set up an outdoors collection point and adhered to social distancing guidelines to keep everyone safe.
The Essex Shed Network established a Forum with a representative from every Men's Shed in Essex invited to attend meetings which, for the time being, are being held via digital platforms. The forum allows Sheds to share knowledge/advice with each other - something which is vital in the face of the challenges facing them all to re-open safely. The first meeting featured a guest speaker; Tim Larden, MD of Ladbrooks Insurance (specialists in charitable organisations) was able to give Sheds very positive and helpful advice as well as outlining the importance of carrying out thorough risk assessments.
Our Shed Inside groups have been unable to meet owing to current restrictions, plus their members are some of the most vulnerable in our communities.. so we took Shed Inside outside! So far we've managed to get to Billericay and Harlow with the help of Basildon Council and great Parndon Community Centre respectively. We hope to bring our swanky new ESN gazebo to more locations for Shed Inside Outside while the weather holds!
Who you gonna call!?
This strange looking contraption that ESN have just invested in doesn't catch ghosts, but it will make Sheds safe from Covid19: 

It's a handheld Cold Fogger machine which can disinfect large spaces. It does this by dispersing a strong disinfectant in small droplets via a vapour, which gets into small spaces that might not normally be able to be cleaned by hand.This machine will be vital to ensure that, once open, Sheds can stay open even if one session is affected by an outbreak and has to isolate, the Shed can be effectively cleaned to allow other sessions to continue.
**STOP PRESS** On the 7th September Saffron Walden Community Shed re-opened their doors to run limited, Covid safe sesssons. We are very happy to see this as no doubt are the SWCS Shedders - it's been a long 6 months! We are supporting all Essex Sheds in re-opening and hope to make more of these positive announcements soon!
Donations of Tools & Materials
We are always grateful to receive donations of unwanted/unused tools or surplus materials for Sheds; if you or someone you know are having a garage or shed clear out do please get in touch- we will come and collect from any address in Essex! Any tools that are unsuitable for Men's Sheds will be passed to Tools With A Mission for refurbishing and shipping to third world countries.

Contact Matt Hume, Shed Development Officer on 07935 216808 or email
The Essex Shed Network is a partnership of Maldon and District CVS and CVSU
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