WHAT IS THE SHED PROJECT?
The Shed Project Kapiti is an charitable trust (incorporated June 2016) based in Paraparaumu, on the Kapiti Coast, in New Zealand. We're involved in providing training and employment opportunities for local disabled and disadvantaged people.
One of the ways we do this is by offering these people the experience of working — namely, by helping us make our wooden goods, including our popular Boxa Blocks.
We are located in the old Statue Bargain Barn, the big grey building in 20 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu.
We raise funds in the following ways:
- Making and selling wooden goods.
- Selling items on Trade Me.
- Operating a book exchange and charity store, where we sell donated items and books.
- Download our brochure on what we do
We've had some media exposure, including:
- Scoop has the scoop on this weekend's Garage Sale! That's Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, 9am to 3pm. See you there!
- Les Henshaw, one of our volunteers, was interviewed on Mike Hosking's Newstalk ZB radio show, as part of the ASB Good As Gold competition.
- Being interviewed for National Radio's One In Five programme. They devoted an entire programme to us and what we do. Have a listen.
- Getting written up in Rise magazine. According to them, we're Changing the World, One Shed at a Time.
- Also getting written up for the Think Differently campaign. Have a read.
The Shed Project aims to improve the lives of the differently abled and the communities where they live by:
ENABLING differently abled people to achieve their personal goals, live independently, and enjoy happy, healthy and meaningful lives.
OPPORTUNITY can be hard to find for the differently abled. We provide help in getting around barriers to opportunity, employment, and advocacy.
INCLUSION in the community is a vital part of life, but the differently abled can find it hard to achieve. The Shed Project aims to change this, generally by participation in social and fundraising events, participating in manufacturing and selling goods, and other activities fostering community well-being.
By enabling the differently abled to gain opportunity and inclusion, The Shed Project changes attitudes and beliefs towards the differently abled.
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The Shed Incorporates as a Charitable Trust
The Shed Project Kapiti was incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 on the 8th June 2016. This is a major and exciting milestone for us!
We're Winning Rising Stars!
Last night, at the awards ceremony for the Kapiti branch of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, we were honoured as the winners of the Rising Star category, earning a framed plaque and prize of $1000. Apparently there will be some sort of national grand final eventually. Who knows where this will lead?
We're (Kapiti region) for the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards. This is actually quite exciting, especially since the award ceremony is just a fortnight away!
Order Form is working!
After a string of attempts, tests, migraines and rewrites, our order form is actually working at last. Currently we don't take payment through it; the reason being that any custom sizes or other requirements can affect the cost. (Also bulk orders affect any shipping costs.)
We'll be adding products to the page as we go along, but right now you can order our most popular ones, such as our Boxa Blocks, which we've made and sent to kindergartens and pre-schools all over the country.
Craft & Book Fair!
We're running a craft and book fair over the last three weekends in November to raise awareness in the community and... well, sell books of course. It's at our new digs in 20 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu (aka The Old Statue Bargain Barn) and is open on
15, 22 and 29 November from 8am to 4pm. Here's some photos from the first Saturday!
We're moving into the old Statue Bargain Barn!
We've outgrown our Kapiti Road location and in association with Kapiti Skills, we're taking over 20 Tongariro Street in Paraparaumu. This means easier access for pickups, and all sorts of possibilities - as well as more room to move.
Please note this means that some shipments of goods might be delayed thanks to all the running around and moving of stuff.
In the Media: Think Differently's page on us
The nationwide Think Differently campaign did an interview with us, and wrote a nice piece for their website. You can read it on their website.