The Shed is part of the community group The Ashton Trust and our membership is cross community. We are funded by the UK Lottery which includes our full-time Coordinator Geraldine.Through her efforts we have obtained additional funding in grants. We have also raised funds through sales and backpacks at Christmas time.
The shed is situated at the old Edenderry Linen Mill on the Crumlin Road. There are fully equipped woodworking, woodturning, arts and craft and laser cutting facilities. We also look outwards and are involved in wider community events. Trips are organised usually once a month to visit other sheds and and places of interest.
We focus on physical and mental health inviting speakers to the shed. Recently Geraldine has organised a program of games with the local leisure centre.
There are significant challenges in the future. The lottery funding will cease next year and the rent for the current premises would be unaffordable. However with careful management and the funds from other sources the shed can continue for some time
The Ashton have been successful in a bid for a plot public land, the intention is for the shed along with others from the Ashton to move there.
The shed has a strong and capable committee who are confident they can cope with the challenges.