Men’s Shed Week 2023: Celebrating 30 Years of Sheds
September 3 - September 9
Men’s Shed Week is an annual event that aims to raise community awareness, knowledge and interest in Men’s Sheds around the country.
Men’s Sheds are vital community investments delivering programs and activities that foster community spirit and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia. Men’s Sheds not only play important roles in the overall improvement of health and wellbeing but also positively engaging within their community for the benefit of their community.
This year AMSA is leading a celebration of 30 Years of Sheds.
For many Australian men the local Men’s Shed offers somewhere to go, something to do and mates that make it all worthwhile.
Since the first community shed for men opened its doors in 1993, the Men’s Shed community has grown to encompass more than 2,500 Sheds in 12 countries.
Today 1,297 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds benefit from membership of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. A figure that surpasses even the number of McDonald’s restaurants around the country.
Known by many as a place where older blokes can go to tinker and have a cuppa, to the wider Australian public there is still some mystery around what goes on at the local shed. And truth be told, the detailed picture varies from shed to shed, depending on the members within its walls.
Despite any standing mystery, what is well known is the value Men’s Sheds add to local communities: connecting men, improving health and wellbeing outcomes, and positively contributing to almost 1,300 vibrant and thriving communities around Australia.
The first community shed for men, ‘The Shed at Goolwa Heritage Club’, opened in Goolwa (South Australia) in February 1993.
“The 30th anniversary of the birth of Men’s Sheds is truly significant for thousands of men and their communities,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.
“30 Years of Sheds is a celebration of three decades of connection, community and camaraderie built on the shoulders of Shedders around the world,” said Mr Helmers.
30 Years of Sheds highlights significant ‘shedding’ milestones whilst acknowledging that the true success and impact of the Men’s Shed movement is owed to a community of people (mostly volunteers) that built and continue to drive the movement forward.
“One of the most wonderful things about the Men’s Shed movement is that is has been a grassroots and community effort at all levels,” said Mr Helmers.
“Our community is not a product of person’s idea as there have been, and continues to be, many great contributors to our still growing community,” he said.