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Menzshed a hive of activity

A ramp to be used in activities designed to encourage and give confidence to wheelchair users has been built by Menzshed members and delivered to Hastings Sport Centre.

The centre is running programmes that will encourage wheelchair independence for children with disabilities.

Menzshed Hastings was set up earlier this year and has found a home in the former changing rooms of the old Hastings netball courts in Windsor Park. The building has been leased to the club by Council.

Club chairman Brian Rutledge says: “The members undertake a wide variety of community projects using equipment that has been donated to the group. The donated equipment allows our members to undertake woodwork or metalwork projects.

“The council has given us a number of projects for which they supply the material and make a donation to the shed. The first one to be completed is the construction of a wooden ramp for use at the Council-owned Sports Centre in Railway Road.”

Menzshed vice chairman Bruce Cowie says: “Much of the members’ time over the past four months has been spent installing equipment, constructing new shelving and modifying the old changing rooms to become a workspace for creating new projects. Members are able to use the equipment at the shed from Tuesday to Thursday, between 9am and 1pm.”

Menzshed clubs bring men together to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks individually (personal projects) or as a group (for the shed or community). Members learn new skills which could see builders teaching engineers some of their skills and vice versa.

For more information see: menzshed.org.nz/hastings

4 October 2017

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