What’s the role of Men’s Sheds in a post COVID-19 world?

The last few months have been like no other as we have all had to deal with COVID-19. Whilst Men’s Sheds are still closed, the Australian Men’s Shed Association has begun looking towards the role of Men’s Sheds beyond this health and economic crisis. 

Following the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic we can all ask ourselves: what do Men’s Sheds look like in a “post COVID-19” world?

This question I personally put to you, the Men’s Shed community, for discussion and ideas.

With anticipated higher unemployment I believe there will be increased demand for participation in Men’s Sheds. And there will be a number of new opportunities for Sheds to increase membership and attract younger men.

There will be a greater need for activities that will socially engage men, and possibilities for training and educational programs.

There will also be new opportunities for Sheds to strengthen their community links and partnerships with external organisations.

However, as with all opportunities, there also comes risks and threats but these can be overcome if we accept change and plan our way forward effectively.

What are your opinions and ideas on how Men’s Sheds can overcome the obstacles and shine in adapting to a post COVID-19 world? 

4 comments

Dave Clarke 8 May 2020 - 10:17 pm

G’Day David… I believe you will be right in saying there may be more new member potential because of unemployment. It is something we have not thought about at Willo’s.
We did some work on the shed the other day to repair a leek and we spoke about how we should re-enter the shed when the opportunity arrives. With the current 10 maximum meeting in one spot, we may need to cut each day in half and have 10 in the morning and a different 10 in the afternoon. On the three days, were open, we would see 60 members introduced back to the shed. Having more than 70 members means opening another day to incorporate all members
We also spoke about the possibility of members getting the COVID test and gaining a clearance to come back to the shed.

David Helmers AMSA Executive Officer 28 May 2020 - 1:47 pm

I’d be really keen to hear what you have come up with Dave. Are you back in the shed?

Ron Haggart 9 May 2020 - 5:25 pm

Has the AMSA a COVID-19 Shed Guideline / Procedure for reopening of the Sheds and how will this effect insurances etc.

David Helmers AMSA Executive Officer 28 May 2020 - 1:49 pm

Hi Ron, we’ve released a ‘Getting back to the Shed’ guide to help navigate the journey of reopening. We imagine it will look a bit different for all Sheds. You can find the guide over on our website: https://mensshed.org/amsa-resources/handbooks-factsheets/shed-resource-guide-getting-back-to-the-shed-after-covid-19/

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