Benefits beyond sheds
This week Men’s Sheds around the country will celebrate their contributions to strengthening local communities.
Men’s Shed Week – Doing Local Good (25 Sept – 1 Oct 2017), is the second annual celebration led by the Australian Men’s Shed Association to highlight just how far the benefits of Men’s Sheds reach beyond the shed and into local communities.
“In reality Men’s Sheds save lives, it’s that simple,” said David Helmers Australian Men’s Shed Association Executive Officer.
“Men’s Sheds give purpose to men who are seeking it, and give back to the community at the same time.”
With over 1000 Men’s Sheds in Australia, members and volunteers from almost every shed participate in grassroots projects, events and programs for the benefit of communities.
As just a few examples, the Nerang Men’s Shed (Qld) have assisted OzHarvest Gold Coast to build, assemble, fix and create for the locally based faction of the national organisation.
“[Sheds offer] a huge amount of support and friendship not only to their members, but to any community organisations who need their help,” said Lee Danahay OzHarvest Gold Coast Manager.
At Arncliffe Men’s Shed (NSW), members teamed up with Bunnings Rockdale to handcraft wooden toys for children in local hospitals.
On the other side of the country, Leschenault Men’s Shed (WA) recently lent a hand to WA iSports, a not for profit organisation focused on fostering inclusive and accessible sporting programs.
Members of the Leschenault shed specifically designed and built a hoop for wheelchair bound members of the WA iSports basketball team.
“Some athletes in the team were not able to shoot hoops until now,” said Alison Burnett WA iSports Chairperson.
“The hoop has been designed so all people are able to play,” she said.
In addition to the second annual Men’s Shed Week, this year the Australian Men’s Shed Association celebrates ten years of supporting a growing global movement.
“The Australian Men’s Shed Association has now been at the forefront of a whole range of innovations for a decade,” says AMSA Patron and International Men’s Shed Organisation Convener, Adjunct Professor Barry Golding.
These innovations have been picked up and adapted by other associations worldwide, to support over 2000 Men’s Sheds now operating around the world.