What is a Women's Shed? We define the women's shed as a 'third space' - a place away from work and home where women of all life stages can go and try activities in a welcoming and friendly environment. We believe that regular participation in recreation build a connected community.
Are you a Women's Shelter? No. We do not have the skills or resources to offer this level of support - we can direct you to some local organisations that may be able to help.
Do you offer NDIS packages? We are not a health service provider, however women that are seeking friendship and connection are welcomed. Women need to be able to participate independently, or they may bring a carer if assistance is needed.
Can your members make something for me? Sorry no. We have a different structure to the Men's Sheds. Our members are usually at the shed to make something for themselves. They are very generous with their advice though. Look out for our beginners workshops if you would like to learn to make something.
Can you help us setup a Women's Shed? We are still relatively new. We are trying to connect Australian Women's Sheds together so we can share and learn from each other. You can read our guide here. We also have a facebook group and are looking to start some face to face (via zoom) chats in 2021.
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? If you have skills to share, running a basic workshop or activity at cost may be a good way to showcase what you have to offer. Please look at our current activities and pricing to understand what we 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.