About our shed
A couple of mates had the aspiration to set up a men’s shed which has now become a reality.
It started as a discussion around a table at the Livingston SDA church in Canning Vale with a group of people. That conversation grew with the Church offering some furniture for the Shed to store and eventually being sold over a period of time. Thanks to the SDA church that was what really started the ball rolling, So we are very grateful to the SDA Church’s – Livingston for their support.
Ken and Aileen McKay live on a five acre property in Harrisdale with a large shed and wanted to contribute something towards the local community. Ken offered his shed to the group to be use as the men’s shed and already had a lot of woodworking machinery, tools and equipment that could be utilised. We came up with a “working plan” on how to set up the Shed so we could move forward. A lot of hours and hard work by a lot of people, to sort the shed, upgrade benches, install a small kitchen and meeting area, set up Rules and Regulations and the list went on.We will be looking at ways and projects that the Harrisdale Men’s Shed Inc can contribute back to the Community and if some members just want to come down for a coffee and a chat - that' s fine as well !!
The Shed officially opened November 2019
Include manual workshop activities, project work such as metalwork, woodworking and other associated work for the shed and local communities
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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