Maxilla Men’s Shed: a community workshop for North Kensington

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We are delighted to announce a new ambitious project launching in the second half of 2019.  Maxilla Men’s Shed will connect communities in North Kensington with the international ‘Men’s Shed’ movement, creating a place where local adults, primarily men, can come to learn, teach, make, share and socialise.

Working with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council, the project has been made possible by funding from NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Public Health, and the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

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 you can get involved.

A series of open days will be held during August (keep an eye out for further details), and a full programme of training and open access sessions (including opportunities for local women) will be launched in September.

A dedicated Shed Programme Manager will support the community of users to grow and develop, working towards handing over the ownership and management of Maxilla Shed to the community in 2021. To support this we are also seeking to recruit local people to join a Steering Group, if you are interested please get in touch by emailing iniven (at) acava (dot) org.

From our funders...

Dr Oisin Brannick, Clinical Lead Self Care and North Kensington, NHS WLCCG, said: "we know initiatives such as this bring people together to learn new skills and as a result improve people's health and wellbeing"

Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, RBKC, said: “The profound effect of loneliness and isolation has devastating effects on men’s health and remains a public health issue. The Council is committed to reducing loneliness and encouraging and supporting social interaction"