This section has more information for you about how the shed works, frequently asked questions and information for volunteers and facilitators. Just hover over the 'Help!' menu and choose from the drop down sections.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Women's Shed? We define the women's shed as a 'third space' - a place away from work and home where they can go and try activities in a welcoming and friendly environment.
Can you help us setup a Women's Shed? We are still trying to set up our shed, we have set up this guide which we hope will help you
Can you auspice me? Sorry we don't have enough volunteers to take on extra work at the moment
Can you share my business with your members? We don't as a rule 'market' businesses to our members. However you are welcome to join us and get to know people on a personal basis. If you have skills to share, running a basic workshop or activity may be a good way to showcase what you have to offer.
What's the difference between a 'member meetup' and a class or workshop? Basically meetups are run by the members. There isn't a teacher, although the groups might decide to arrange one. Group members are often happy to share what they know, but this is their time so if you want to be taught then you may be better selecting a class or workshop. These are always taught and therefore are a great place for beginners.
Another major difference between member meetups and classes or workshops is the cost: Member meetups- may charge an attendance fee, based on how long they need the hall, and whether they need to fund something for the activity (equipment, materials etc). Members decide between themselves about buying materials or hiring teachers if needed. It may help to think of 'member meetups' as a 'mini-club where you go and meet other people with similar interests Classes & Workshops - Vary, the costs for these taught classes depend on materials and facilitator hire. Many of our facilitators teach for free or donate some of their course fee so that we can offer courses at a price that is accessible to our members. We are also able to access grant funding for some classes or workshops. So prices definitely vary :-)
Membership costs - Membership currently costs $25/year, and can be added onto any class booking via our website. Membership runs on a 12 month rolling basis. If you are not a member there is a non-member surcharge of $5.
About the Coolum Women's Shed
The Coolum Women's Shed was established in 2018. We aim to enhance the health and wellbeing of women of the Sunshine Coast by providing the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including DIY, yoga, arts, crafts and other areas that may be of interest to our members. We are a welcoming and inclusive organisation, and we aim to create a connected community where women are empowered to pursue their interests.