Friendship building

Updated: May 18, 2020

Shepway Volunteer Centre, Folkestone

Woodwork, carpentry and friendship building in the Shed at Shepway Volunteer Centre

Shepway Volunteer Centre in Folkestone are celebrating a grant of £28,737 to continue the expansion of a shed, which has already been running for two years. The grant was awarded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by The Health Lottery London East.

The ‘shed’ provides a meeting place for people who do not normally join clubs, offering the opportunity to participate in woodwork and carpentry activities in tranquil surroundings. The majority of the participants will be men, many with an armed forces background.

With participants facing mental health issues, the shed will provide an opportunity for peer support in a safe space. The project will also enable participants to make items for sale e.g. upcycled furniture.

Chris Lunn, The Health Lottery in London East spokesperson, said: “The funds raised through The Health Lottery London West are changing and improving lives. It was clear that supporting Shepway Volunteer Centre would have a great benefit to the community. To date, over £100 million has been raised through The Health Lottery, of which over £7.3 million has been raised for London East. We hope to make even more for good causes when Health Lottery London East opens in June 2019.”

Health Lottery London East is benefitting from Health Lottery tickets sold for all draws held between 1 June and 31 June 2019. You can buy Health Lottery tickets in advance for these draws online at, or from over 32,000 local retailers including The Post Office, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons and WH Smith.

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