The Silvers’ Workshop is a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association and takes its name from the colour of the members’ hair. It gives its members the opportunity to work on arts, crafts and DIY projects in the company of other like-minded men.
The group have established a well-equipped workshop which was officially opened by the Mayor of Reading in March. Thanks to the new workshop, members are able to make use of a variety of equipment including woodworking tools, planers, band saws and circular saws.
Members work on a wide range of projects many of which are of direct benefit to the community. Recent community projects have included making library boxes for public spaces in Wokingham, constructing mini kitchen units for a local preschool and repairing garden benches.
Perhaps even more important than the practical work is the friendly environment and opportunity for members to chat. The workshop has a designated midday lunch break and tea and coffee are always available. The group also regularly hosts talks from visiting speakers.
The group currently has around 30 members and would like to attract more. They recently hosted two open days to show prospective new members what they do. Those keen to join the group are assured a warm welcome and are offered their first few visits for free. To help the less experienced, there is team of four designated members who are happy to train people on how to use the equipment.
The Silvers’ Workshop on Hilcot Road is open on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10:00 – 14:00. Anyone who is interested can go along to the workshop during opening hours to find out more.
Further information is also available on The Silvers’ Workshop website www.thesilversworkshop.org.uk.