About our shed
The Hervey Bay Men’s Shed (HBMS) is a community-based organisation that is accessible to all men. Our mission is to advance the general health and well being of men. We achieve this objective by providing a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where members are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men. Or you can just come along and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all you’re looking for. This focus encourages social inclusion which helps us play a role in addressing depression and male suicide which are major issues for men in today’s society.
But we do a lot more. We have a strong community focus and we are always ready to help the members of our community who are disadvantaged in some way.
Like all not-for-profit organisations that are run entirely by volunteers, we rely on our members to help raise the funds we need to remain financially viable so we can continue to play an important role in our community.
Woodwork, metalwork. Joining fee - $50 full year, $25 half year
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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