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Monitoring for Men’s Shed

The Men’s Shed community group in Church Crookham and Fleet has had fitted a donated video monitoring solution. It’s part of the South Korean manufacturer IDIS’ ‘Create a Better World” campaign, run on company’s social media channels since the start of the year. The aim; to support social welfare projects and non-profit community bodies.

The system, supplied and installed by ISD Tech for free, is protecting a new workshop, built with National Lottery funding and opened in September 2019. IDIS network recorders, IP bullet cameras and domes with infra-red lighting, provide 24/7 video coverage, inside and out, to protect high-value power tools and other equipment.

Nicky Stokes, MD of ISD Tech says: “The workshop is in quite a secluded location and it houses high value items, so it needs watching over out-of-hours. We were delighted to provide this IDIS video solution to enable the volunteers who manage the site to receive alerts on their phones, and to view footage, if ever there’s an attempted intrusion or problem with vandalism.”

The Church Crookham and Fleet Men’s Shed, is one of more than 520 across the UK seeking to support particularly among older men, so they contribute practical skills to local good causes – everything from building library shelves for primary schools, to making bird boxes for conservation groups, says chairman Alan Walker.

“We have 25 regularly active ‘shedders’ meeting twice a week and, as that number grows, we’ll increase the times that our workshop’ is open. Now, instead of just being old blokes tinkering away in isolation, we can have a joke and work together – in many ways it replicates the working environment.”

Group members meet to work on projects – fixing things, making things – to share tips and simply to enjoy each other’s company. Alan Walker says more than 45 projects have already been completed by the group, and thanks to the IDIS video, the work and tools can be stored safely out-of-hours.


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