FAQ’s

Where is the Shed?

We are co-located with the Thurgoona Men’s Shed at the Corner of Corrys Road and Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.  The map below may also help with locating us:

Thurgoona location mud map

 

What do I need to bring?

Yourself!

Projects: If you have a specific project you wish to work on then bring that in as well. Please note: we have limited storage space available and may impose limits on how long projects can be stored at the shed. Please check with the coordinator before bringing large projects.

Appropriate clothing: Please wear enclosed shoes and avoid ‘floaty’ clothing eg scarves, jewelry, or anything that could get caught in equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment: We encourage members to bring along their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This includes safety eyewear, dust masks, ear muffs/earplugs, and gloves.

Materials: It’s often helpful to attend and look around to see what materials are available before starting a project. Then work out if you require any additional materials for your specific project. You will need to supply these items.

What is supplied by the Shed?

Tools and machinery: Drills, sanders, saws (e.g. mitre and table), hammers, files, screws, sandpaper, glues, tape measures.

Timber: A limited supply of donated timber (e.g. pallet wood) is available for use at the Shed. However, if you have a specific project in mind you will need to purchase and supply your own materials (eg timber and fixings).

Books: There is also a small library with a selection of books including DIY and maintenance, and novels.

PPE: We have a limited supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available. This includes dust masks, earmuffs, safety glasses and gloves. We encourage members to purchase their own and bring them along to their sessions.

 

Do I have to be a member?

Yes: Membership is required to participate in shed activities.

Why? Your membership fees pay for the necessary insurance to cover you for accidental injury and help to cover shed running costs.

New Member Introductory Sessions: Are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm. Prospective members are invited to attend to learn about the Shed and if interested in joining can complete Orientation and Induction on the same night.

What does it cost?

Membership: $30 per year: 1 July to 30 June

Membership fees will increase in 2021 as a result of increased operating and insurance costs.

Session fees: $2 per visit

Formal workshops: Fees vary as they are calculated according to material and instructor costs.

The Albury Women’s Shed contributes $20 per session to running costs (e.g. electricity & water) in our shared facility with the Thurgoona Men’s Shed.

Why does it cost and what do fees and costs cover?

Any fees and costs collected from members go back to the Shed. Membership and session fees are required for:

  • Insurance: essential for your peace of mind and for the Shed to stay operational
  • Equipment costs: the initial cost of purchasing equipment (e.g. tools and machines)
  • Equipment parts and breakages: to ensure that tools and machines are able to be operated safely
  • Consumables and hardware: Screws, nails, glue, sandpaper, etc.
  • Shed running costs: Electricity, water, etc.

 

When do Introductory Sessions for New Members occur?

When do sessions occur?

New Member Introductory sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month (except Public Holidays and over the Christmas shut-down period) at 5:00 pm sharp.

What is involved?

New members will have an opportunity to take a tour of the Shed and if interested, can become a member on the night. You will be also able to complete your Orientation and Induction.

The Orientation and Induction sessions are required for insurance and Health and Safety purposes. This session will also help you to become familiar and comfortable with the spaces, tools, and machines at the Shed.

Following the initial Orientation and Induction, new members wishing to undertake woodworking projects in the timber workshop are requested to start a box project on their next visit.  This is a guided project where an experienced shed member steps you through the use of various tools and machines in the workshop. This project helps to ensure that new members are familiar and comfortable at the shed and helps to build confidence in the safe and effective use of woodworking tools.

How do I prepare?

Prospective members are asked to read the Health & Safety Information pack prior to attending. Available under FAQs: Health & Safety Information pack.

What do you need to bring?

To enter the Shed you must be wearing long trousers and enclosed footwear. Because this is a Health and Safety requirement, we may ask you to come back at another time if you are not wearing these.

The Shed can be a noisy and dusty environment. We recommend that you bring along:

  • A dust mask (either P2 or N95 rated)
  • Safety glasses (if you already wear glasses, you do not need additional safety glasses)
  • Earmuffs/earplugs

What if you decide to become a member?

You can complete a membership form and the Orientation and Induction on the night. You’ll be required to pay your membership fees before your next visit or before you operate any tools or machinery at the Shed.

We accept membership fee payments via Electronic Funds Transfer (we’ll provide our bank details on the night) or Cash. Membership is currently $30 (which covers you until the 30th of June). Membership fees will be increasing to $60 per annum in June 2021 due to increased operating and insurance costs.

Questions

If you have any questions about these sessions please call (0476 166 577) or email (alburywomensshed@gmail.com).

Are there any fundraising activities?

Fundraising events are critical to ensure the Shed is able to remain financially viable and can remain open for our diverse membership and community. Operating the Shed costs money, electricity, water, insurance, and physical infrastructure (e.g. shelving, benches, tools) are some of the key costs.

While our membership and session fees cover a proportion of these costs, we aim to keep the Shed as accessible as possible by keeping membership fees to a minimum. As a result, we rely on a range of fundraising from a range of sources such as those listed below.

Fundraising BBQs: Fundraising BBQs are usually scheduled once or twice a year.

Markets: We aim to fundraise through market stalls two to three times a year.  We sell timber products made at the Shed and donated items.

Item sales: Members also contribute to Shed funding by donating funds raised from items made at the Shed back to the Shed.

Other funding sources: Government and non-government grants have provided us with initial funds to get us off the ground and have funded specific projects. Several local organisations and businesses have also generously provided financial assistance and goods for the Shed.

Any suggestions for additional funding are welcome!

Who can come to the Women’s Shed?

All adult women are welcome at the shed! It’s a supportive and welcoming environment where we share knowledge, skills, and learn together.

We are a community where diverse members are accepted and embraced!

We welcome women to come along to check-out the shed at New Member Introductory Sessions which are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm (please see FAQ about these).

It is necessary to be a member to use the equipment and work in the shed as this ensures you are covered by insurance.

How can I help at the Shed?

Attend. This helps to provide members with motivation to start and continue projects and helps to maintain vibrancy and enthusiasm at the Shed.

Share your skills. Share your knowledge and skills with other members to help build confidence and to support other members in completing projects.

Assist with fundraising activities. Volunteer an hour or two of your time when we run BBQs or other fundraising events (e.g. markets). These activities are essential for helping the Shed to remain financially viable.

Become a committee member.

Assist to maintain this Web Site and our Facebook page.

If you have a particular skill or interest and would like to contribute to Shed operations please let us know!

What do women make at the Shed?

Check out our photo gallery and Facebook page to see what our talented and creative members make at the Albury Women’s Shed!

What you decide to make and create at the shed is entirely up to you and we encourage members to be accepting and considerate of other’s projects.

Please see below for information about the box project that should be completed before completing your own projects in the timber workshop.

Timber projects

Members make all kinds of wonderful timber projects! Some of the types of projects undertaken in the timber workshop to-date include:

  • Furniture restoration (including new upholstery)
  • Adirondack chairs from pallet timber
  • Planter boxes
  • Coffee tables
  • Cutting decorative shapes (birds, trees, dragonflies) using a band saw or scroll saw
  • Building native bee hotels

Woodworking box project (for new members wishing to work in the timber workshop)

Following the initial Orientation and Induction, new members wishing to undertake woodworking projects in the timber workshop are requested to start a box project on their next visit.  This is a guided project where an experienced shed member steps you through the use of various tools and machines in the workshop. This project helps to ensure that new members are familiar and comfortable at the shed and helps to build confidence in the safe and effective use of woodworking tools.

Mosaic projects

Creative mosaic projects that have been completed at the Shed through formal workshops and during open shed sessions include:

  • Pots
  • Tables
  • Signs
  • Boards

Formal workshops

Depending on member interest and instructor availability, the Albury Women’s Shed will from time-to-time deliver scheduled formal workshops. Due to instructor fees and material costs, formal workshops are not typically covered by membership or attendance fees. Members are therefore required to pay for many of our formal workshops. Workshops to date include:

  • Leadlighting
  • Cardmaking
  • Mosaic

If advice is required to complete a project there is normally someone who has information they are happy to share.

What are the safety requirements?

Orientation and Induction

All members are required to complete an Orientation and Induction before undertaking any activities at the Shed. This is a requirement of our insurance and helps to ensure that you are comfortable with undertaking projects at the Shed.

New members can undertake their Orientation and Induction at our New Member Introductory Sessions on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm (see ‘New Member Introductory Sessions FAQ).

Clothing

Please avoid ‘floaty’ clothing (e.g scarves and clothing with ties and toggles) as these may get caught in machines. Please tuck in any ties and toggles when operating machinery.

Footwear: Wear closed-toe leather shoes. You will not be permitted to enter the shed if you are not wearing enclosed footwear.

Hair: Ensure long hair is tied back when operating machines

Long pants: Long-pants offer an extra level of protection while working at the shed and are required to be worn while working at the shed. You may not be permitted to enter if you are not wearing long trousers

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE such as safety goggles, ear muffs/plugs, and dust masks should be worn while operating machines and working at the shed. Gloves are also recommended when pulling apart pallets and handling timber. It’s preferable that these items are provided by individual members to ensure we’re COVID safe.

Safe operating of tools and machines

Once you’re a member you’ll be introduced to the equipment through the Orientation and Induction process. Someone will be available to show you how to operate the different tools and answer questions when you begin undertaking projects at the Shed.

Before operating tools and equipment independently, you’ll be required to demonstrate that you’re able to operate tools and machines safely.

What are the amenities and parking at the Shed?

Kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities basic crockery supplied – donation to cover the cost of hot drinks is requested.

Cold drinks are available to purchase.

Toilets.

Parking is available within the grounds of the Shed. Enter through the gate and continue straight down the side of the building following the road around the end of the building to the parking area. Please consider the needs of all members when parking.

 

 

 

 

What is the Health & Safety Pack?

Information relating to Health & Safety at the Shed, please read prior to joining:

MEMBERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION PACK

CONTENTS

Introduction

Health and Safety Information

Work Clothes

Hygiene

Use of Personal Protective Equipment

Machinery Operations

Emergency Procedures

Grievance Procedures

General Shed Rules

Attending the Shed

New Projects and Project Storage

Clean-up and Closing Procedures

Health and Safety Guidelines

Code of Conduct

 

INTRODUCTION

As we share our space with the Thurgoona Men’s Shed, we have access to a purpose-built facility that includes  a wide variety of machinery and tools. We have taken on-board advice provided by the Men’s Shed committee about the Health and Safety requirements. As a result we ask that all members, current and new, take the time to read this health and safety information pack.

Our Orientation and Induction process includes:

  • Orientation: to provide a tour of the premises to point out exits, fire extinguishers, emergency assembly point and other features.
  • Induction: to introduce the Shed and how it runs. This includes an induction and overview of the tools and machinery that can be used at the shed.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY INTRODUCTION

Welcome to The Albury Women’s Shed (‘the Shed’). We hope you will find your time here rewarding and enjoyable.

You may have joined the Shed as a venue to meet other people, simply to chat and enjoy each other’s company, or you may be interested in taking part in one or more projects which are being undertaken. You may also wish to bring projects along yourself.

Whatever the activity, the health and safety of all of the people who participate in activities in the shed is the most important responsibility that we all share.

 

WORK CLOTHES REQUIREMENTS

You are expected to come to the shed dressed in suitable clothing that does not pose a safety risk when working in the Woodwork or Metalwork areas. If you are not you may be asked to leave and return with safe and appropriate attire.

This includes:

  • Suitable enclosed leather footwear – thongs or open sandals are not appropriate.
  • Tough overalls or long leg trousers.
  • Comfortable shirt – long sleeves should either be buttoned at the wrist or rolled up in such a way that no loose ends can be caught in machinery or on protruding materials
  • Shirts should be tucked into trousers and there should be no loose clothing which could be caught in machinery- e.g. Cords of jackets etc.
  • Cap or other means to contain long hair such that it will not be caught in moving machinery.
  • Jewellery and glasses dangling on cords/chains should also be wrapped or removed.

 

HYGIENE 

Good personal hygiene will help reduce the risk of illness due to infections or contamination with hazardous substances that you may be exposed to.

  • ENSURE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING AND DRINKING
  • KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TETANUS SHOTS

 

USE OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

We recommend that members’ supply their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rather than share dust masks, eye protection and ear plugs.

Examples of protective equipment to be used include:

  • Ear muffs or plugs where noise is a problem
  • A helmet for head protection (e.g. from falling objects)
  • Eye protection when working in the workshops
  • Dust mask when working with saws, grinders, sanders and when working with MDF
  • Goggles and special welding protective clothing in the Metalwork Shop
  • Good general work gloves should be worn when doing manual work
  • Hairnets or caps to prevent hair tangling in machinery
  • Protective clothing relevant to the job being done in the shed (equipment has information cards that lists the risks of use and recommended safety practice to reduce them)

 

MACHINERY OPERATION/MAINTENANCE 

  • Do not operate machinery unless guards and/or safety devices are in place
  • If you are not familiar with a piece of equipment consult the Shed Co-ordinator before using it.
  • You should report to the Shed Co-ordinator all malfunctions or conditions likely to affect the safety of the operation which cannot be repaired before operation. This includes guards that are damaged or where there are exposed moving parts of machines causing safety hazards.
  • Whenever you remove a guard to undertake machinery maintenance or to clear a blockage you must turn off machinery at the power outlet first. Replace the guard at completion of repairs or before restarting the machine.
  • Seek assistance and report the problems to the Shed Co-ordinator.
  • All lifting equipment should be lowered to the ground when not in use.
  • PPE gear must be used as appropriate to suit activity being carried out, PPE gear to be supplied by member.
  • Visitors are not to use any equipment unless authorized to do so by the Shed Co-ordinator.
  • Any person, member or visitor deemed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave the premises without delay.

 

NOTE      

  • DO NOT leave any machine running while you move away to perform another task.
  • STOP the machine before walking away.
  • When finished with the machine, turn it off at the power point.

 

BEING READY FOR EMERGENCIES 

  • Inform the Shed Co-ordinator or one of the project co-ordinators if you are on any medication or you have an illness that may affect your work.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, spill kits, and defibrillator.
  • Be aware of emergency exits and evacuation assembly area.

 

GENERAL 

The law of this state requires that management provide a safe working environment and safe work systems.

 In order to help us meet these obligations you are expected to advise management of any safety hazards or problems that you come across. 

  • The same law requires that you must take care to ensure the health and safety of others who are on the premises including other workers, family or visitors.
  • You are also required to co-operate with our health and safety program and comply with the requirements to protect your own safety and the safety of others.
  • The law requires that the safety of visitors and contractors who enter the shed must have priority over all other considerations.

 

THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE SHED TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER ALL OTHER CONSIDERATIONS WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

  

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

If unable to resolve an issue with another member, talk with the Shed Co-ordinator or a Committee Member.

 

GENERAL SHED RULES

ATTENDING THE SHED

    • If ever in doubt ASK!
    • When you arrive at the shed sign the ATTENDANCE BOOK and attend to the session fee.

 

If you do not have an activity to carry on with, advise the Shed Co-ordinator, she may be able to introduce you to a group or a project that you may like to join.

  • Please note: should you feel at any time that your skills level is not adequate to the activity being undertaken you should bring this to the attention of the Shed Co-ordinator.

 

Health and Safety comes first in the shed.

 

Should you prefer instead to have a coffee/tea and a chat to others at the Shed please feel free to do so – we would ask only that in the interests of safety that you do not interfere with any person operating machinery and that you do not take food and drink into the workshop working areas.

 

FINISHING FOR THE DAY

  • When you are ready to leave for the day (or 15 minutes prior to session end), please clean up the area in which you have been working.
  • Any pieces of rubbish should be put into the garbage bins, brush down any machinery you have used, sweep or vacuum up sawdust or other cutting debris in the area and

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT POWER TOOLS ARE TURNED OFF.

 

  • Hand tools should be placed back to their storage position.
  • Chemicals e.g. paint thinners, should be taken back to the chemical storage area – please do not leave on or under benches.
  • When you are satisfied that the area is being left in good condition, sign off in the attendance book.

 

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES  

  1. Follow and obey all instructions and safety signage for the workplace/shed.
  2. If in doubt, please ASK!
  3. Report immediately, to the Shed Co-ordinator (or representative), any practice which you think might cause damage to equipment or injuries to anyone in the shed or any condition which you consider to be a hazard.
  4. Whenever an accident or incident occurs, regardless of how minor, report and record it on the day of the occurrence by completing an Accident/Incident form. (Kept near sign on book).
  5. Use the correct tools and equipment for the activity being undertaken and use them in a safe operating manner. If in doubt, ASK!
  6. Do not adjust, alter or repair equipment unless authorised to do so, equipment failures should be brought to the attention of the Shed Co-ordinator (or his representative) without delay.
  7. Use approved personal protection equipment (PPE) as necessary for the activity being undertaken (Read the information sheets at each piece of equipment.).
  8. Keep PPE correctly maintained and in good working condition.
  9. Do not take unnecessary risks in the workplace- avoid distracting others while they are working – horseplay will not be tolerated at any time in the Shed.
  10. Use safe working practices for example when lifting or moving heavy objects – ALWAYS GET HELP WITH HEAVY LOADS.
  11. It is also your responsibility to work in a manner that does not endanger others.
  12. Know the emergency procedures, location of fire extinguishers and their use.
  13. Handle all chemicals with care – read the labels and follow the instructions – CHECK MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS.
  14. Always look out for hazards and remember to remove them, guard against them and warn others about them.

REMEMBER:     ELIMINATE     ISOLATE     MINIMISE     all hazards

 

KNOW WHO THE FIRST AID CERTIFICATE HOLDERS ARE

KNOW WHERE THE FIRST AID KITS ARE LOCATED

KNOW WHERE THE MATERIALS SAFETY DATA SHEETS ARE KEPT

GET FIRST AID PROMPTLY

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Albury Women’s Shed Code of Conduct highlights the organisations core values.

Purpose of the Shed

Our Shed is a community-based, non-commercial organisation accessible to all women, providing a safe, friendly and healthy environment where women are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other women.

We provide a supportive environment for women of all ages to gather, volunteer, work, teach, learn and seek friendship with other like – minded women.

 

To achieve this, we will:

Maintain an open-door policy and will not reject any woman on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or age although some special conditions may apply.

  • Restrictions may be placed on participation for physical safety reasons, if a member requires the assistance of a carer (to be provided by the participant) or if an individual is deemed a prohibited person.

Act in the best interests of the shed and not pursue personal agendas – think collectively, not individually.

Provide a safe physical environment, and a safe and supportive social environment.

Respect the rights and decisions of Members, and the confidentiality and privacy of Members.

 

The work environment in the Shed:

Members are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner to all other Shed users. This includes being considerate of other persons safety, need for space, tools, materials and equipment.

What’s happening with Covid-19?

11 July 2020:

We are opening to members again from Wed 15 July 2020. We are still required to abide by any regulations made by Government, Council, Insurance and Men’s Shed Association. The main one is to maintain appropriate social distancing and to have no more than 20 members on site at one time.

Remember to wash hands regularly and maintain 1.5 metre distance from other members.

30 May 2020:

As with everything and everyone else the Albury Women’s Shed has been affected by Covid-19.

Opening of the Shed to regular use is dependent on the information from the Federal Government, NSW Government, Australian Men’s Shed Association, Albury City Council and Thurgoona Men’s Shed.

Consideration has also to be given to physical distancing requirements and cleanliness of equipment and premises, as well as differing circumstances of members of both the Albury Women’s Shed and Thurgoona Men’s Shed.

We encourage members to download the Covid App.

Links to further information:

Federal Govt: https://www.australia.gov.au/

NSW Govt: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Australian Men’s Shed Association: https://mensshed.org/

AMSA Getting back to the Shed guide: https://mensshed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-11-May-2020-SHED-RESOURCE-Getting-back-to-the-Shed.pdf

Albury City Council: https://www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Albury City Council are the owners of the premises, so Council approval is required prior to reopening.

When is the Shed open?

Opening times for existing members

  • Monday’s: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please note: If there are no participants in the first hour the volunteer can close the shed at 11:00 am.
  • Friday’s: 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Please note: If there are no participants in the first hour the volunteer can close the shed at 11am.
  • Wednesday’s: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Shed is closed on all public holidays. The Shed also closes over the Christmas break. Members will be advised closer to the date.

New Member Introductory Sessions

  • First Wednesday of each month starting at 5:00 pm sharp.

Meetings

  • Committee meetings occur on the third Wednesday of each month and are open to all existing members.