On 12 February 2015 we officially opened the doors of Boomer Business, a community shed for men and women aged over 50.
See photos from our opening ceremony here.
Based in Manurewa, Boomer Business offers a space for baby boomers to work on their own, and community, projects. We offer a very impressive workshop full of tools, a wonderful kitchen to bake and preserve in, an arts and crafts space...and more!
- you are keen to try your hand at something new
- you like to socialise
- you like to give back to your community from time to time
- you have a project you would like to start but don’t have the tools or maybe the skills
- you have skills others could benefit from
Then we may have a solution!
Boomer Business offers courses in computer skills for beginners, woodwork, metalwork, DIY, glass and ceramics. Sewing classes run on Friday mornings from 9:30 am. At present our Boomer Business members are working on their own projects, or helping build props for our Eye On Nature environmental education event. We're also fixing a damaged mosaic seat for Age Concern and are re-designing an educational drain activity for Treadlightly.
We have a lot planned for 2016 such as beginner photography classes, art sessions, cooking classes and making raised vegetable garden beds. Give us a call if you'd like to join in!
Need help with a craft project?
We host an early-Alzheimer's group every Wednesday morning at Boomer Business. This wonderful group of people work on community craft projects, so if you need an extra few pairs of hands for a community craft project you are working on, please give us a call! We would love to help. email email@example.com.
WANTED: SKILLED PEOPLE WITH SPARE TIME!
We need skilled cabinet makers, builders, welders, engineers etc to help and teach others at our Boomer Business workshop. If you have some spare time on your hands, have some practical tool skills and would like to help - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 269 4080.
Why have we set up the Boomer Business workshop?
Beautification Trust General Manager, Graeme Bakker, says the facility was built when the Trust realized the demand from retirees for the space. “Often people’s circumstances change when they retire – they have more time on their hands, or they move house and don’t have the same space and tools they used to – but they still have skills and experience they wish to share. This space allows communities to come together to work on whatever projects they wish. The Men's Shed concept has been hugely successful in Australia and New Zealand, and we desperately needed something similar south of Auckland, but we wanted women to be included too."
See our General Manager, Graeme Bakker, talking about why our city needs a Collaboration Station here.
Here is an item from the 14 August 2014 issue of the Manukau Courier featuring information about the Collaboration Station project.