Shed program needs mentors

Duncan MacLennan and Rahapa Berryman at the Shed, at Coolangatta State School.
Duncan MacLennan and Rahapa Berryman at the Shed, at Coolangatta State School. John Gass

THE Lions Club and Coolangatta State Primary school have been struggling to keep up with the happy faces wanting to be a part of The Shed.

The Shed is an extra one-on-one mentor program showing disengaged students they could have hands on options that has been up and running since 2010.

All the children want to be a part of it, but the limited amount of volunteers only allows them to take up eight students for every four-week project.

If they had more volunteers more students could participate but because volunteers are required to commit for the full four weeks, the Lions Club of Coolangatta are struggling to keep members.

The kids take part in activities such as wood-work, planting, composting, worm farming, water management, knitting, cooking and more, according to the expertise of the mentors.

The Shed chairman Bryan Shaw coordinates the volunteers and has also been a mentor for over a year overseeing amazing reactions from a variety of kids that have done the program.

"I remember one boy that I knew was struggling with his academic side of school work, [but] he was quite good at working with his hands.

"I had him in the shed and told him 'If you're not any good in academic, you should think of going to a trade and working with your hands'."

Currently, the boys are building bird-feeders and the girls are sewing and knitting.

In 2010 they were able to start the program when they won an NAB Seed Funding Award that will keep the program going for four more years.

The Shed operates every Tuesday for one-hour at Coolangatta State School.

If you are interested in being a mentor, phone the Lions Club's Marion McMurray on 07 5536 2975

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