Black and Brown women who want to learn and hone DIY skills.
A series of guided workshops focussed on different areas of DIY for various skill levels to build a shed.
Click the ‘Book my place’ button and book all 6 workshops. Remember to book a place for each of your children in the creche.
Join our Brown women’s DIY group each week to learn how to build a shed from the foundations to the roof.
If you’ve never used a drill, this workshop will introduce you to the basic functions of a drill. You’ll learn to make a pilot hole and how to choose the right screw for the job and different methods of joining.
You’ll be building a shed that will serve the community for years to come. A place to shelter from storms, watch plants grow and scavenge for just the right tool for the job.
Learn practical DIY and carpentry skills that are fundamental to doing those odds jobs around the house and personalising projects. You’ll learn the basics and be encouraged to bend the rules so that you can transfer your skills to projects when you leave the workshop.
FREE child provision is available with our on-site creche, please let us know when you apply.
This training is funded by PXI Community Allotments and is intended primarily to prioritise the people living and working in the Southey and Firth Park areas. However, we do have a few additional ‘Outside Area tickets’ for people outside these communities. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
At this workshop, you can learn these techniques and skills:
The basics of using a drill
Using a mitre saw
All tools and materials will be provided
Safe working practices
Introduction to tools and techniques
Personal protective equipment
Unlimited answers to your questions
How to prepare:
Join our optional pre-event Whatsapp group (a link will be sent when you book)
Wear closed toe shoes and tie hair and loose items back
See our map to plan for public transport, taxi or parking on the day
The event will be socially distanced with a maximum of 6 participants per allotment
Face masks should be worn and dust masks will be provided
Everyone will have their own drill and will at maximum share other optional tools with one other person with sanitising wipes made available
Please bring your own mug or cup. We provide tea bags, hot water and instant coffee
Hand sanitiser and wipes will be at each table
If you have any questions please email for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Girls with drills participant
Role models attending
Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Elle is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”
Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Working primarily as Maker-in-Residence for Brightbox, she also freelances in design and communication. She has worked and volunteered with several Sheffield-based art charities and social-enterprises. Elle is co-founder of community collective established for uniting under-represented groups in the music industry – woman, non-binary and trans folk. Joining the Brightbox team in May 2021, she is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”
She graduated from BA Product Design in Sheffield, 2018, and worked with a local young-people’s art group before relocating to Bristol to work for a Bath-based design consultancy. Here she focused on trends, foresight and consumer research. She received press-recognition for a project brief she created, Suhka, which focuses on innovating femtech and wellness to become more accessible and inclusive. Just less than year later, she moved back to Sheffield to work more closely with the community and city she loves!
You would normally find her hosting “dhal and decks” evenings every other Wednesday for aspiring DJ’s, music lovers and dancers to meet and share skills. She has been helping to continue connecting people, music and culture together during lockdown through an online series of DIY tutorials, talks and discussions. Other hobbies include cycling, quad roller-skating, gardening or down a rabbit hole discovering new music.
Mariam Pasha has worked with grass roots communities in Sheffield for more than ten years. She enjoys the lived experiences and stories that people share and is committed to a community led approach to planning and problem solving.
Mariam Pasha has worked with grass roots communities in Sheffield for more than ten years. She enjoys the lived experiences and stories that people share and is committed to a community led approach to planning and problem solving. She has studied Anthropology and International Development and worked and lived across continents and is always inspired by the common threads that tie varied communities together. She places great value on the power of creativity and connections with nature and is excited to build on these themes in her work at Brightbox.