The Shedder – September 2017
September brings us lots of things to celebrate.
This month we launch our second annual Men’s Shed Week. This year’s theme Doing Local Good aims to showcase the great work you do beyond the shed – contributing to building stronger communities.
Doing Local Good gives us a chance to capture the attention of partners, government representatives from all levels and the broader community, to show them just how important Men’s Sheds are to local communities across the country.
I encourage you to take the opportunity to showcase what you do during the week (Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October). The AMSA team have put together a Men’s Shed Week toolkit for you to use, and are always here to help when you need it.
We’ll close out Men’s Shed Week at our Cabot’s 7th National Men’s Shed Conference in sunny Surfers Paradise. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet and talk with many of you.
With only 25 days to go, places are filling fast so we’ve decided to give you the opportunity to help us sell out by offering Men’s Shed registrations at early bird prices. If you haven’t registered yet – I encourage you to take a look at this year’s excellent program and register for what will be a great few days.
From a health perspective, this month is also full of reminders.
Thursday 14 September is R U OK? Day. I recently attended the Canberra pit stop of R U OK?’s Conversation Convoy, and was reminded of the importance of the simple act of checking in with our mates.
In the 2016 Siggins Miller Evaluation and our 2017 Annual Men’s Shed Survey, you told us that you’d like to see more from us in the mental health space. So we’ve been working in the background to forge partnerships with organisations like R U OK? to deliver more mental health information and initiatives to you.
This week (4 -10 September) also marks National Stroke Week, promoted by the Stroke Foundation. Stroke is one of the leading causes of adult disability in Australia, but the good news is that more than 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented. Small changes like a regular health check, maintaining a healthy diet, daily exercise or reducing salt can make a huge difference.
This month the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is turning Australia blue for international Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The PCFA are great partners of ours, and contribute a great deal to many of your Spanner in the Works? health events. You can get behind their message by encouraging your mates outside the shed to talk to their doctor about being tested at their next check up.
Partnerships-wise, we have been able to build our work in this area to enable us to bring you more shed and health initiatives for your benefit.
As I mentioned in the last edition of The Shedder, we have partnered again with Garage Sale Trail. The Garage Sale Trail weekend (21-22 October 2017) is a great opportunity to connect with your community and do a bit of fundraising. Why not give the shed a spring clean and raise some money at the same time?!
We’ve recently renewed our national partnership with Fair Dinkum Sheds. Not only does Fair Dinkum Sheds offer you a great deal on new sheds and extensions, they’re also be sponsoring a program of regional events over the coming 18 months. So we’ll be on the road soon!
Fair Dinkum Sheds have been a long-time supporter of Men’s Sheds and continue to help us work nationally and at a grassroots level so that Australian men can get the best out of their shed experience.
Last but not least, I’m happy to announce that we’re finalising a new partnership with Uncle Tobys – specifically to invest in the health and wellbeing of shedders and communities in the Riverina and Indigo Shires.
Yours in shedding,