The Shedder – October 2017
As the dust settles on our Cabot’s 7th National Men’s Shed Conference, I’m pleased to report our meeting has been a huge success.
Judging from the experience and the feedback from all the delegates, I have no hesitation in declaring the best Men’s Shed conference yet.
I thank all of our sponsors and the Queensland Government, as without their support this event would not be possible.
Delegates enjoyed everything that the Gold Coast has to offer with many attendees having an extended stay.
Amongst the social side of the conference, where many delegates renewed old friendships and made new ones, the new format of the conference was hugely successful and will set a precedent for the 2019 8th National Men’s Shed Conference.
Through the ongoing development of Men’s Sheds, the focus has changed from establishing a Men’s Shed to maintaining a Men’s Shed and this year’s event focused on giving delegates as much information as possible on current best practice.
All the sessions were well received and informative, covering a wide variety of topics such as health and safety, insurance, financial management, fundraising and governance just to name a few. This was complimented by a program of displays and workshops on machinery use, tools and equipment and shed activities.
As part of the conference there was also an extensive program of Shed Tours, and we acknowledge all the work the hosting sheds did in preparing for the event, as well the gratitude of the delegates for their wonderful and warm hospitality.
Sincere thanks to Veterans Support Group Men’s Shed, Nerang Men’s Shed, The Carpenter’s Workshop, Mount Tambourine Community Men’s Shed, Pimpama Men’s Shed, Labrador Men’s Shed, Burleigh Community Men’s Shed and Tweed Heads Community Men’s Shed.
Thank you also to those delegates who have also provided us with insightful feedback, which will inform our future preparations.
We look forward to seeing you all again in South Australia in 2019.