What's the difference between a 'group' and a class or workshop? Basically groups are run by their members. There isn't a teacher, although the groups might decided to arrange one. Group members are happy to share what they know, but 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 groups and classes or workshops is the cost - groups at the shed have a $5 attendance fee - this covers the cost of using the facility and you can make yourself a cuppa in our kitchen. Members decide between themselves about buying materials or hiring teachers if needed. Sometimes the Women's Shed can help you to buy items for the group. It may help to think of 'groups' as a club where you go and meet other people interested in the same subject.
Ideally each group needs at least two coordinators - they take responsibility for communicating with group members and are able to plan activities if needed. They are also responsible for opening up and closing the shed, and keeping track of attendees. It's not too hard to be a coordinator if it's a subject you are interested in, and of course coordinators get to drive the direction of the group. You don't need to commit to every week, but if you want the group to meet every week then the coordinators share responsibility to make sure someone is there. If that's too much commitment, you can choose for your group to meet less frequently- for example, monthly.
We are always happy to talk to people that want to get involved with groups at the shed - do you have something you would like to set up? Come and discuss it with Nell, our president at the Tuesday Drop In between 12-2pm. If that doesn't work for you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Much of our early growth was via Facebook. It is part of our strategy to move away from a reliance on Facebook because our members have told us it is hard to keep track of what's going on at the shed. In the future we hope to set up a forum for members to communicate on this website, but in the interim many of our social groups are still on FB. To join a group you can contact the coordinators listed below, if you don't 'do' facebook get in touch via email or at our Tuesday drop in (see calendar for info).
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.