About our shed
Our Bargara Men’s Shed commenced activities in Bargara Queensland on December 13th, 2013. We cater for Men of all ages who live in the coastal strip between Burnett Heads in the north to Elliott Heads in the south, including Coral Cove, Innes Park and Bargara. Recently we relocated our operations to an interim shed at Kalkie, on the eastern outskirts of Bundaberg. Our membership currently stands at 38 easy going men from all walks of life with a vast pool of skills, knowledge and experiences. At Kalkie we have leased a shed from Community Lifestyle Support Inc. whose dedicated staff provide services and activities for people with disabilities. Our shed is able to complement the services provided by CLSInc as some of their clients and clients form a very similar organisation “Impact” visit our shed to learn skills or to become comfortable in the company of other men. This helps these men on their journey back to becoming valuable members of the main stream society. Although our plans are to provide a larger variety of experiences for our members and the district, our main activities to date has been furniture restoration and refurbishment for community services groups and the general community. Some of these small projects have been very unusual and challenging. As the improved health and wellbeing of our members is our core objective, we invite specialists in their respective fields to visit our shed to discuss health and other issues with our members. One of our main goals is to establish a purpose built facility or renovate an existing building to conduct and expand our services and membership.
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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