Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to some of our most asked questions. For more information please contact us on (03) 5941 2389.
What is the cost of a membership?
Currently the only annual fee levied on members is for insurance. The membership fee has been increased to $50 this year due to the increase in insurance premium. The fee is payable annually on the 28th February.
In addition each week there is an attendance fee of $2 which covers room hire but this is not required on your ﬁrst visit.
A voluntary contribution of $1 per week is payable each Wednesday which goes towards the Christmas break up. You may wish to pay this as a lump sum prior to the function. If you wish to go on the day trips there may be a small charge depending on the event.
Why do I have to pay insurance?
Unfortunately insurance is a necessary evil that we have to pay in every aspect of our lives. Attending the shed is no different, whether you are in the workshop or the art group etc the Shed and its members need to be fully insured. A copy of the insurance is always available to you.
How do I know what's going on?
The Shed has a number of ways of advising you what is happening. These include:
- “Facebook” – Our Facebook administrator Henry Berry will give you access to our Facebook page once your membership is approved.
- “Calendar of Events” sheet, the current one is attached to this notice.
- “Newsletters” – generally produced once every two months are available on Wednesdays.
- Wednesday meetings twice a month
I have a disability, am I still welcome?
Yes, Of course! You are more than welcome to participate to the best of your ability.
Do I have to attend each week?
Attendance to any of the sessions is voluntary. However if you fail to attend a couple of sessions which you would normally participate in, then you may receive a phone call from a member of our care team to check if everything is ok because we value you and your health.
Am I allowed to share my opinion?
Letting us know how you feel is always welcomed. If you think you’d like to see a new group established or that you are not happy with something that’s going on, let us know. We may not always be able to address your concerns or suggestions, but we will take them into account. For example this welcome sheet was a suggestion made by a member.
Why do we have to take part in fundraising?
Without fundraising we would not be able to function as a group. The costs of running a small group is often higher than people imagine. It is expected that once or twice a year you take part in one of our fundraising activities. This is generally for 2 – 3 hours or so. In October each year, at the AGM a copy of the group’s ﬁnancials will be made available and copies will be kept on ﬁle.
Am I allowed to attend committee meetings?
Our current President Geoff Fluck encourages members to attend committee meetings. Committee meetings are generally held at living learning