7 June 2020 at 2:56 pm #2667Paul LannenParticipant
Hi Guys My name is Paul and I am from the Nerang Mens Shed on the Gold Coast of QLD .Our Shed was the first to open some 3 weeks ago,
following following talks with Qld Health dep enquiring about reopening .Were told their was no ruling for men sheds so it could not open ,SO THE FIGHT BEGAN , I told them of my concern of the mental health of some of our members and put up the argument
If a Restaurant could open with 10 people ,why not our shed
if we follow the same guide lines ,Seeing there were no guide lines for Mens Sheds or alike
So we got the Green Light ,under these rules I had to go to the local Police and tell them so of no confusion of what we were
doing and how we were going about it ,Then it was off to the Park management where we are ,then a email to our local City Counsellor and one also
our State Member ,so if any person complains about it to them ,they would know, why , how and of what guide lines we were following .
THE RULES…..Only 10 members at a time ( today it can be 20 ) the floor marked out so as 1.5 apart , tags on the door when 10 tags up NO one else in,
Sanitiser at the door and at the work benches ,A book name address and phone number time in time out. Disposable cups and spoons for tea and coffee
Individual sachets of coffee ,sugar and tea bags ,So all is good we have a very happy Shed
Also our committee have passed when the fees are due this year or a new member applies they will only be excepted if they have a FLU JAB, NO JAB NO PLAY
Hope this has helped your shed get opened any more info you can call me any time 0447667606 Paul Lannen8 June 2020 at 9:28 am #2668
G’day Paul… Welcome to the forum mate. It sounds like you have been really busy in your efforts to get your mates back to the shed. Well done on succeeding.
Because each state has different guidelines, it may pay to see if you can get a certificate or letter of clearance that you can pin up in a place that everyone can see it. That way, if you have someone stirring up the fire, you can direct them to the certificate/letter.
Over the last couple of weeks, Willo’s Men’s Shed has also been working towards our re-entry to the shed. With over 80 members, we were trying to see how we could get them all back using a roster. When we thought we had it worked out, the South Australian Government added a new section to their COVID website. It was an online form to fill out. It was for a ‘COVID Safe Plan.’ Before we filled out the form, we thought we might only be able to have 20 members back at a time, a lot better than 10.
Imagine our surprise when we filled the form out and found our 3 areas of 9m x 15m could host 20 members each. Then there was the option of including our outdoor paved area which also allowed for 20 members. We were over the moon. The best part about filling out the form is, we had a return email giving us the approval and it asked us to print it out and display in a prominent area. That is in all our areas.
Our next meeting is to ready the sheds for social isolation and COVID guidelines. When that is done, each of the committee members will have 8 or 9 members to phone and give them the good news.
The link below will take you to a post that outlines our guidelines for our members to follow.
Once again Paul, Well done.9 June 2020 at 9:40 am #2669Rip WoodchipParticipant
Great stuff fellas. I hope some of the other sheds can follow your example. I know there are many blokes and sheds scratchin their heads a bit as to what the rules and processes are and such, and some are just waitin it out for a few more weeks. Has there been any negative feedback by any members or community from your decision to open up again?9 June 2020 at 10:29 am #2670
G’day Rip… Our members are chomping at the bit to get back. They are going to be over the moon when we give them a call with the good news.
Some members have indicated that we did not come under any of the government’s criteria for which places were to close down. We pointed out to them if just one person turns up with the virus and infects the rest, it would just about wipe out the membership. After a few grumbles, they started to realise what we had said was correct.
But as for opening up again, the community around us is okay with that.
We have had one member turn up at the gate the day we had our committee meeting, and say, why didn’t anyone tell me the shed was closed?
He knew we were going to be there because he receives a weekly email from us and it outlined we would be there that day for a meeting. After he told us he didn’t get the emails, I asked him why not? When I mentioned I send out emails with a return receipt sent back when the email has been opened, and yours has come back to me, he had nothing to add. He then left to go home.
this is a guy that always finds the negative in anything and tests us on many occasions.
I suggest that all sheds from the different states and different countries, get online to check what their options are. We had to fill out a ‘COVID Safe Plan’ online before we could gain permission to return.16 June 2020 at 9:31 am #2735
Eureka… Our first day back went without a hitch. We opened from 9.30 am and they all filtered in right up to lunchtime. What impressed the members was all the effort the committee put into making the shed safe for them to come back. They walked up to the marquee we had set up and was greeted by a committee member who took their temperature, They also saw lots of paperwork on the table and took the time to read the posters and Ponky’ poems, then they were handed a copy of re-entry guidelines and a form to updated our records with their personal information. Most took the time to fill out the details form straight away. Once that was out of the way, they wandered around to greet each other and sit and have a chat. Only a few wanted to do some work once they had finished greeting each other.
One thing we made the guys aware of, is, we asked them to work on a few jobs for the shed before they started on their own projects. We had a list on the board and they chose one of the tasks to work on.
All in all, it was a great return to the shed and we had 43 members turn up, plus 4 new members came to check us out.17 June 2020 at 9:29 am #2742Rip WoodchipParticipant
Bloody fantastic Dave!17 June 2020 at 10:02 pm #2743
G’day Rip… Cheers mate, it was a long time coming, but very worthwhile of the time we put in to make it safe for our mates.
We had our second day at the shed today and the number of members was lower at 32. We expected this to happen because Wednesdays is usually the quietest day of the week anyway.
What did happen though is, we had a number of projects worked on, and notably, we managed to get our computer area totally set up. We put in four double power points and shelving for the printers, then after the mess was cleared away, we set up the three computers we won from the South Australian government’s ‘Digital Donation Program’
When one of the guys turned the first computer on, there was a surprise for him. It had a wallpaper of some of the members at the shed and some content relating to the shed. He said ‘how is all this stuff related to us when we have been given these computers from the government.’
I had to tell them I had opened one of the boxes up just to see what was inside and I could not resist to personalise the computer just to surprise them.
When we had finished for the day, they all mentioned the area looked great.30 July 2020 at 3:24 pm #11191MartinDuParticipant
Thanks for contributors sharing knowledge and experience on this topic. I was going to start a similar topic under shed chatter…… glad I checked here firs.30 July 2020 at 4:30 pm #11206
G’day MartinDu… You will find lots of info on the forum that will help you get back to your shed. As you have pointed out the info is all over the place, but there is some good info to work with. Just follow some of the links in member’s posts and it will take you to the right place.
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