So, for weekends over the last couple of months hardworking teams of members and friends have assembled outside our arches to co-design a COVID-safe* outdoor workshop (involved a lot of shifting of materials, skip filling, planter building, compost shifting, planting, bike-rack moving, gate latch engineering (ongoing)…among many other tasks)
The result is a brilliant covered workshop area with three benches, power, lighting and a heater
Members have already been using it for personal projects and it’s enabled Woodshop inductions to start again
But…it invites the question of how we can best use this resource, and we’d love to hear suggestions…don’t hold back, we’ll consider everything (?)
- hands-on workshops? For members and/or local community
- tech talks and skills demonstrations (the survey showed there’s an appetite for this)
- more inductions?
- your brillaint idea?
Bear in mind:
- 2m social distancing is still required (1m+ if unavoidable), so this means: one person per bench for some activities (where you need to move around a project = 3 people in total), or 2 people per bench if the activity can be achieved on one end of a bench (6 in total)
- we can look at funding for this
*this is on the principle that ventilation is key to reducing spread of coronavirus, and you can’t easily get much better ventilation than outdoors