Call for Specialist Facilitators, Maxilla Men’s Shed

Last week we told you about our latest endeavor inspired by the international Men’s Shed movement. To help achieve our aim to reduce social isolation and strengthen social support networks for all people, but especially men, in North Kensington, we are looking for skilled and experienced freelance tutors and facilitators to join a pool of people to deliver a comprehensive programme of training. Skills taught could include carpentry and woodwork projects, up-cycling and recycling and other craft based mediums.

The programme will comprise of 6 x beginner courses, and 6 x intermediate courses per year. Each course will be delivered in 6 x 2 hour sessions from the Maxilla Men’s Shed, 4 Maxilla Walk, North Kensington, W10 6NQ. Session days and times will vary from course to course to widen opportunity for local people to participate.

The total facilitator fee for each course is £750. Equivalent to £125 per session, including planning and prep. An additional £200 is available for specialist equipment or materials.

Groups accessing the courses will be limited to 8 people, and depending on demand we may offer courses exclusively for men, women, adults with learning disabilities or vulnerable adults and other groups yet to be identified. Some places maybe accessed via NHS social prescribing.  

To express your interest in this opportunity please submit the following by email to, Isabella Niven, Senior Programme Manager, iniven (at) acava (dot) org

  • A basic course outline (no longer than 1 side of A4), including a brief breakdown of the sessions you’ll deliver, a paragraph on the skill you will teach and a list of equipment and materials you will need
  • An up to date CV, including details of any experience you have in education/ community/ health settings
  • Up to three images that illustrate your practice and the technique you propose to teach
  • Details of two referees

Deadline: 10am Thursday 25th July 2019
Download this call as a PDF here.


The Shed

Maxilla Men’s Shed will provide a number of ways for local people to access a new, fully equipped wood workshop at ACAVA’s Maxilla Studios, located in the former Maxilla Children’s Centre


How it will work

Inspired by the self sustaining 'Camden Town Shed' we will be working towards handing over the ownership and management of Maxilla Shed to the community in 2021. Starting with a series of open days to be held during August, a full programme of training and open access sessions (including opportunities for local women) will be launched in September.


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