NICOLET. After a number of years of exhausting work, the Nicolet Volunteer Motion Heart (CAB) is lastly opening the doorways of Hangard d’Elzéar, a neighborhood woodworking workshop. Its goal: to interrupt the isolation of males over 50 in a pleasant setting the place everybody can work with wooden for private or collective initiatives. About fifteen folks have already begun to benefit from the workshop frequently!
The Hangar premises are situated within the coronary heart of downtown Nicolet, on Notre-Dame Avenue. With a well-equipped cabinetmaking workshop, a espresso nook and a welcoming multifunction room with a retro contact, every little thing has been set as much as meet the wants of wooden fans. Le Hangar d’Elzéar cafe-workshop needs to supply a pleasant and fraternal ambiance, a bit just like the storage of the brother-in-law the place you go woodworking one afternoon!
“Our crew of volunteers has labored exhausting over the previous few months to organize the Hangar d’Elzéar premises. The structure was in actual fact the Hangar’s first collective undertaking and this allowed the volunteers to check the instruments and the structure of the gear, whereas creating hyperlinks”, explains Angéline Le Sage, undertaking supervisor, communication and philanthropy on the Cab de Nicolet.
The undertaking targets males who’ve craft pursuits however do not have all of the instruments or house to do initiatives, but additionally males who merely wish to bond. “Everyone seems to be welcome, no matter their stage of expertise. In our crew of volunteers, we’ve males who have been on the lookout for a brand new undertaking throughout their retirement, others who needed to go on their information, and others who have already got all of the instruments at residence, however preferring to come back and work on the Hangar. to have the ability to chat,” provides Ms. Le Sage.
This precept is impressed by the Males’s Shed discovered all around the world, together with Australia, Eire and throughout Canada. There are a couple of in Quebec, notably in Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Félicien. “We additionally went to go to the Café Madriers in Saint-Félicien to see the way it had been arrange,” says the director of the CAB de Nicolet, Isabelle Bombardier.
A flexible workshop
Along with providing a spot the place males can do their private initiatives, a number of collective initiatives might be arrange, for instance orders for a corporation or initiatives by Hangar volunteers. These initiatives permit males to get entangled locally via initiatives that they’d not have the chance to do individually.
For collective initiatives, the wooden is offered and all of the earnings that might be generated might be reinvested straight within the workshop, particularly for the acquisition of kit, repairs or to pay for the operation.
The undertaking additionally has an schooling and information switch element. Each final Friday of the month, the volunteers will supply an initiation to woodworking workshop. These workshops might be accessible to everybody. For now, a furnishings design workshop, a workshop on wooden species and a workshop on conventional assemblies are deliberate.
“On our territory, there isn’t any service designed particularly for males, whereas there are a number of companies completely supplied to girls. The target is to not exclude girls or the youngest, however moderately to supply a service that may meet the particular wants of males. Thus, on Mondays and Tuesdays, the premises might be reserved for males aged 50 and over, however Fridays might be open to your entire inhabitants,” says Isabelle Bombardier.
“We notice that usually, girls, we are going to go have somewhat espresso and chat, whereas males typically have extra camaraderie and the will to speak once they do one thing else on the similar time”, observes Miss Bombardier.
How one can take part in Hangar d’Elzéar initiatives? Nothing’s simpler! All you must do is present up on the workshop the place a volunteer might be there to accompany newcomers. “Even when you haven’t any initiatives in thoughts, however you wish to know extra or get entangled, come and meet us, we could have a number of fascinating collective initiatives within the coming months”, says Jean-Man Proulx, accountable volunteer on the Hangar d’Elzéar and member of the board of administrators of the CAB de Nicolet.
This system schedule and workshops can be found on the Hangar d’Elzéar Fb web page.
“Elzéar is my grandfather!” reveals Isabelle Bombardier. Elzéar Depont lived right here in Nicolet. He was a joiner-carpenter, in order that impressed me straight away. He was a woodworker and his boys adopted in his footsteps. I nonetheless think about the infant shed within the yard at my grandmother’s! »