We are appealing to local creatives to spearhead our new community workshop project.

We support people out of homelessness and are opening a ‘People’s Shed’ at our site on Barnwood Road in Gloucester. The space will offer a variety of workshops open to the public and provide people with the opportunity to learn practical skills, socialise, and make new friends.

We are keen to hear from local creatives who would be interested in running workshops for the public and the people supported by Emmaus Gloucestershire.

The People’s Shed has been Inspired by the Men’s Shed Association, which operates community spaces for men to connect and create together to help reduce loneliness and isolation.

Joe Feeley, Chief Executive at Emmaus Gloucestershire, said:

“During the pandemic, people of all ages experienced isolation and loneliness in some form. Our People’s Shed has no target audience and will be welcoming anyone who would like to make social connections, share skills and knowledge, make new friends, and have some fun in a different environment.

“Activities on offer will vary greatly depending on the local talent involved and we’re hoping to hear from anyone who is interested in sharing their creative or practical skills with others. This could be anything from woodworking, upcycling and repair, to arts, crafts, literature, pottery or music.”

Emmaus Gloucestershire offers a home for as long as it is needed and meaningful work to people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion. Explaining the main motivation behind the People’s Shed, Joe added:

“For many people who have been homeless, losing their self-esteem and feeling isolated from society can be the most damaging part of their experience. At Emmaus, we aim to give people a purpose by working together and supporting others so they can regain their confidence and self-worth.

“The idea to create a People’s Shed was born when we began exploring ways to expand our offering to the wider community to help combat isolation, social exclusion and loneliness. We believe that the People’s Shed will provide a valuable asset to the community. After the time we have all experienced, it’s important to help people who may struggle with social anxiety or adapting to a change in routine following a long period of isolation and physical distancing.”

If you are interested in supporting Emmaus Gloucestershire’s People Shed by running a workshop, email [email protected]