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 builds a connected community. Our purpose is connection through recreation.
How can I support the Women's Shed?
Become a member !
Bring your friends, sisters, daughters, mothers, aunties, nieces....
Sponsor a specific activity or donate to the future building fund
Donate your time to run a workshop
Donate materials for activities
Help with the day to day - keeping the place clean, grant management and acquittal, buying milk!
Tell people about us, share us with your networks
Share your skills - governance, marketing pr, fundraising, IT, grants, building design, legal
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 - 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 $30/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. Where can I find out about running activities at the shed? Most of our activities are run by volunteers, find out more here running a class or workshop.
Why don't you run classes in DIY/car care/nutrition/etc? The simple answer is that our volunteers are already doing as much as they can. Activities need to be owned by a coordinator, and any funding must be generated either from ticket sales or fundraising activities. If you feel passionate about bringing an activity to the shed, please complete this form - it can be a one off or a regular activity. Monthly activities are popular because they reduce the commitment needed from both the volunteers and the participants.
Can I talk to a real person/ have a phone number? We are all volunteers with limited availability - please email the shed with any questions and someone will contact you when they can.
Can I bring my dog? We recognise the value that dogs bring to many of our members, but we ask you to leave your dogs at home for the benefit of other members.
Can I hire the shed for something? We don't own the building, please contact the Coolum Men's shed. 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 to share ideas and connect with Sheddies all over Australia.
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. You are also welcome to offer discounts to our members. Please look at our current activities and pricing to understand what we offer.
Most activities are run from the Coolum Men's Shed Community Centre. 26 Research Street, Coolum 4573 QLD