Purpose of “The Shed”

  • To provide a safe, supportive and friendly environment for people to gather, volunteer, work, teach, learn and seek fellowship with other like – minded people.
  • To promote and stabilise the mental, physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of people in our community.

To achieve this we will

  • Maintain an open door policy and will not reject any person on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or age, though some conditions may apply.
  • Certain restrictions may be placed on participation for physical safety reasons or in if a participant needs the assistance of a carer (must be provided by the participant) or be deemed a prohibited person
  • Provide a safe physical environment
  • Provide a safe and supportive social environment
  • Provide referrals to other services or agencies when appropriate or requested
  • Respect the rights and decisions of participants
  • Respect the confidentiality and privacy of participants

The work environment in “The Shed”

  • We will not tolerate abuse, violence, anti-social behaviour or infringements of the rights of others- persons indulging in this type of behaviour will be asked to leave the Shed
  • Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner towards Supervisors, Management Committee members, key holders and other users of “The Shed” – this includes being considerate of other persons need for space, tools, materials and equipment
  • In the event of conflict, there is a formal procedure to follow, which is documented in ‘The Shed’ Policy and Procedure Manual.
  • Shed issues are taken to shed colleagues first
  • Issues are addressed, not personalities
  • Acknowledgement and recognition is a daily habit
  • Listen to everyone and know that everyone matters
  • Share learning and celebrate success
  • All meetings have a published agenda, minutes are taken and published promptly
  • Challenge respectfully and criticise constructively
  • Respect and recognise whoever has the floor
  • Be punctual and fully prepared for each meeting
  • Have respect and consideration for life outside the shed.

General Shed Rules

  • Always clean equipment after use and return tools to the appropriate place.
  • Always ensure tools and equipment are in safe working order. If a fault is noticed you must immediately place an “OUT OF SERVICE” tag and notify the Health and Safety Officer or day supervisor.
  • Ensure your immediate work area is free of obstructions and your operations shall not interfere with other shed activities.


  • “The Shed” resources are for “collective profit” not for personal profit.
  • Programs and activities need to be suitable to the aims and objectives of the project.
  • To commence a community or major project, a brief written proposal needs to be submitted. “The Shed” Committee and Project Officers will assess the proposals for suitability.
  • No projects are to compete unfairly with local business
  • The Shed identifies that it is necessary to make a profit from events and some projects and activities to ensure future financial viability.