About our shed
The tradition of the Shed is that the combined skills of its members can come to the aid of any member of the community, and any associated donations help it to continue as a community resource.
But, the primary purpose is social. There are clear health issues associated with isolation, and our Shed is a great solution. Socialising becomes easier if one is involved in a joint project or repair or hobby. as has long been known by, for example, the C.W.A. Of course there are women who want to do a bit of carpentry, or learn about it, or learn about welding, for quite practical reasons. And, of course, there is the social aspect of group activity. Dorrigo is fast becoming the Cafe town of the Waterfall Way, and is already listed as an "Arts Town". Informality and commonsense are typical Dorrigo, and it turns out that it is mostly men who come on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and our women members mostly on Fridays. when there are classes in wood work. And we often open on Wednesday,too.
Wood and metal work: Members' projects, Community projects, regular "Garage Sales" on Dorrigo Community Market days, Coffee and Cameraderie
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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