About our shed
We started as a Steering Committee in November 2008 for we identified a need for a Men's Shed in our community. We were allocated a temporary workspace at the ex-Beresfield Tennis Clubhouse in February 2011 by the Newcastle City Council which we still occupy. We are attempting to get land where we can erect a Shed and have a permanent home. We are mainly involved in local community projects for schools, organisations and people in the community that don't have the finances to pay commercial operators. Some of our projects include:- Mentoring - Workshop experience for Francis Greenway High School boys. Chicken coop for Woodberry Primary School. Respite care for Beresfield Community Care blokes. Cat Run. Cupboard for Bowlers at the Beresfield Bowling Club. Display Stand for Beresfield Primary School. Quilting Stand. Bird Aviary. Awning over wheelchair access ramp. We also make woodwork items for sale at local events. These include: Wood-turned biros, toilet roll holders, tissue holders, toys, garlic bread holders, kitchen tidies and towel racks.
Our monthly meetings are held on the last Monday of each month, preceded by a BBQ. Generally very popular and with a full stomach the meeting flows smoothly.
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— "I've found a great group of mates"
Mateship is an important pillar of every Men’s Shed – first and foremost the shed is a place for men to knock about with a group of like-minded mates.
— “I give back to the community”
Men’s Sheds are vital community investments delivering programmes and activities that foster community spirit and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia.
Health & Wellbeing
— “My health and wellbeing is better because I'm a Shedder”
Many shedders experience improved mental health outcomes. Men (and women) involved at their local Shed report increased self-esteem through participation and learning new skills; de-stigmatisation of experiencing mental health and de-stigmatisation of prevalent social issues related to mental health.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the national service provider supporting more than 1,200 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations.
AMSA was established in 2007 by a collection of Australian independent community-based Men’s Sheds to represent, support and promote the Men’s Shed movement. It was founded on the principle of sharing information between sheds and those communities wishing to establish and operate a Men’s Shed. It acts as a central hub for information exchange.
Facts & Figures
Men’s Sheds across Australia (that's more Men's Sheds than Macca's restaurants!)
More than 2,500 Men's Sheds operate in 12 countries
The first Men's Shed was established in 1993 (Goolwa, South Australia)
More than 50,000 Australian men participate in Men's Sheds