About our shed
The Bowral Men's Shed (BMS) was opened on 12th June 2003 with the help of the Bowral Uniting Church, Uniting Care North Sydney, Aging and Disability and Wham as a place where men from the community could get together and support each other. Now officially called Bowral Men's Shed Inc. It is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 08:00 to 15:00. It currently has 67 members with a broad range of backgrounds and varying skill levels. Members are able to work in any of the three sheds and undertake personal projects as well as help out with community projects. It is also a great place to make new friends and hone your skills or even learn new ones in a friendly environment looking out for each others safety and wellbeing.
The Men's Shed has three fully equipped workshops (wood, metal and computing/electronics) where skilled and unskilled men can share time, swap yarns, work on their own projects or work together on community projects.
Areas of activity include:
- Designing and making woodwork and metalwork items for sale or donations to community organizations.
- Design and repair furniture items.
- Various one-off projects for community needs.
- Painting, sanding, varnishing, assembling and decorating etc.
- Computer workshop and education.
- Computer upgrades and problem fixing.
- Electronic projects using Raspberry Pi's, Arduino Uno, or esp8266 micro controllers.
Ben Leenders, President Bowral Men's Shed
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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