Repair Shed Win National Award
The Repair Shed at St Luke’s School (Redbourn) celebrated last night, winning a National Award. The partnership won the National Schools Awards for innovation at the annual awards presentation in Birmingham.
The partnership, between Community Action Dacorum and St Luke’s School is unique in bringing together a school and a charity to support both the children and the members At St Luke’s, Community Action Dacorum runs one of it’s Repair Sheds, which combat loneliness and isolation in the over 50’s by undertaking projects for the school. Those volunteering at the shed are known as Shedders, and they have become a familiar face at the school, repairing, repurposing and rebuilding items for use by the children. Shedders reuse and recycle materials to make useful items that enhance the school’s curriculum.
Simon Aulton, CEO of Community Action Dacorum said “Repair Sheds make a difference to the lives of people in Dacorum both through giving Shedders a chance to speak shoulder to shoulder and by giving them a purpose.”
Stephen Hoult-Allen, Executive Head Teacher of St Luke’s School said “The Repair Shed has allowed us to do things we would otherwise be unable to do. The children love working with the Shedders and gain immensely from the experience.”
John Briffett, Volunteer Team Leader at the Repair Shed said “We love coming into the Shed, we can see the difference we make to the school and the children and can be really proud of our work.”
The award comes at the same time as the Repair Shed’s have an exhibition of their work at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead. The exhibition features many of the more artistic pieces created by the Shedders across Dacorum. Entry is free and it runs until 28th November.
The Repair Sheds are members of the UK Men’s Shed’s Association.