Crafty future for the Jordan River Community Workshed
by Brighton Council
The Jordan River Community Workshed has had new life breathed into it with a dedicated group of volunteers and participants making wide and varied objects for sale while learning new skills. The Workshed is operated by Jordan River Service Inc. which also operates the Bridgewater Community House and Gagebrook Community House.
Teresa Temple who manages the Bridgewater Community House and the Workshed speaks with enthusiasm about the current activities and future plans at the shed. “We would love to get more people involved with the Community Workshed. This is not a ‘Men’s Shed’ per se, this is a Community Shed where everyone is welcome. We currently have 11 regular participants who work with our carpenter to create items that can be sold at markets or to members of the public. Items include novelty planter boxers ($50 for small and $75 for large), chopping boards and decorative bottle top flowers. We are always open to working with someone who might have specific items in mind they would like us to build or make and members of the public are welcome to pre-order items they would like crafted for them,” Teresa said.
The Community Workshed welcomes a disability group 1-2 days a week and is looking to become community-led in the programs on offer. “We want members of the community and even our schools to really get involved and let us know what they want from a community shed. Our vision is to make it a hive of not just practical, but social activity. A fully stocked workshop, some great timber and good mates. What more could you want!” Teresa said.
The Community Workshed has received grants for an enhanced BBQ area for socialising and new tools for the shed. Membership of the Jordan River Community Workshed is $50 for the year or $5 per attendance for those who would just like to go along on a casual basis. The Workshed is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week at 10 Sorell Street, Bridgewater. The Workshed is always looking for volunteers and currently has a volunteer supervisor position available. If you would like to get involved with the Community Workshed in any capacity or just get some more information, please contact Teresa at the Bridgewater Community House on 6263 4303.