Local councillors have learned that the Women’s Shed in Athy, which was formed in February of this year, has over 40 members.
An update on local property tax (LPT) funded community projects was provided at November’s meeting of Athy Municipal District by Community Worker Laura Whelan.
Women from across the entire MD are part of the group (which is based in the community house in Town’s Park), including Athy town, Kilmead, Narraghmore, Ballitore, Kilkea and Ballyroe.
They’ve done a variety of activities including aqua aerobics, cycling, painting classes, an interior design course and dragon boating, alongside numerous trips including to Bloom and Castlecomer Discovery Park.
Councillors were told that it’s a very strong group who are very inclusive and are supporting women of all ages across the MD. They meet every Tuesday in the shed where they chat and enjoy craft activities, with various other activities throughout the week.
A Christmas craft fair will be held at Athy Community Family Resource Centre on Thursday 8 December, from 10am-12pm – the Women’s Shed will be selling handmade crafts and produce at the event while their recently launched choir will be singing Christmas carols to help get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
The funding has allowed them to develop, go on trips, purchase resources, and pay for insurance. They’ve sourced additional local sponsorship and are constantly fundraising to develop the group.