REDDITCH Community Shed has been officially opened.
On Tuesday, April 26 the Shed officially opened its doors at 7 George Walk at the back of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
The ribbon was cut by Tina Duke, the wife of the late Roly Duke, the man who kept the Redditch Shed project alive during the toughest of times.
Also in attendance were supporters of the Shed, Ken Williams, Kingfisher Centre manager, Elaine Grant from the Old Needleworks, Simon Stokes from Sign Specialists, Adam Pemberton of Kingfisher Centre, and members of the Shed.
Roly set up Redditch Community Shed in the Old Needleworks in Britten Street and from there it has grown both in members and size of meeting space.
It offers a community space for all genders, ethnicities and abilities where people can connect, converse and create or just drop in for a chat and a brew.
Dean Bruton from the Shed said: “At Redditch Community Shed we have an ambition for men and women to be healthy and happy.
“Without doubt the Shed improves people’s wellbeing and has helped them make new friends, reduce loneliness, anxiety, depression.
“Sheds elsewhere in the UK have even saved people’s lives such is the camaraderie.
“We create a positive environment in which members feel they can talk safely and freely about anything whilst working shoulder to shoulder.”
Other than the social aspect of the Shed encourages members to take part in various activities if they want to.
There are facilities for woodworking but they are expanding into other areas of craft as they now have the space to do so.
“Whatever the activity, the essence of a Shed is not a building, but the connections and relationships between its members,” said Dean.
“Redditch Community Shed looks forward to welcoming new members.”