About our shed

About Us

Men helping men build a better community.

Our Shed was established to help prevent men from suffering the isolation, loss of purpose and well being that is often associated with men leaving the work force either for health reasons or retirement. It is well known men don’t just go out and talk like women do. WE NEED AN EXCUSE, and the shed and its tools gives us that excuse.

This all leads to improved self esteem, health and well being. There are lots of studies that demonstrate how damaging this isolation can be physically and mentally. Many men who don’t find this support will often turn inward and in extreme cases it may lead to suicide.


Men’s Sheds are a simple and effective way of addressing many of the health issues of men, and as a result reducing the cost of health care for men and improving their feelings of self worth.

In short, belonging to our Shed gives its members the feeling of belonging and gives them something worth getting out of bed for.

Shed Activities

We are a friendly bunch who always stop for morning tea and a chat. (Rule number 1).

Safety is a concern for all of us, but we have lots of people willing to show you how to use a tool, then you are responsible for yourself. So no waiting round months to get certified.

You can bring your own projects, jump in and help others with their projects or there are often shed based projects around to get involved in (these range from improving the shed to community projects).

Or you can just come along for morning tea and a chat. You won't be alone.

Find us


Gordon Cooper

32 Dallachy Street Page, ACT 2614
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Positive impacts


"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.

Watch — More than just a shed

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