About our shed
We are a group of older men from the Toowoomba, Highfields, Meringandan and Crows Nest areas who meet at our new shed, 32 Shostaki Road, Cabarlah which is about 20 Kms North of Toowoomba. We have about60+ active members with 30-35 attending any one of our Shed days.
We also have some very practical and talented members. Some members are involved with various projects while others attend for the company and camaraderie.
The Highfields Men’s Shed was established in early 2012 and after several moves is now located permanently at 32 Shostaki Road, Cabarlah, Queensland Australia 4352.
‘The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the back yard that has long been part of Australian culture, with the added benefit of encouraging social inclusion If you looked inside one you might see a few young men working with older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with.
You will see tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. The shed activities are very diverse and may involve woodwork, metalwork. small motors etc.’ (Australian Men’s Shed Association 2015)
The above definition of a Men’s Shed aptly describes the Highfields Men’s Shed, with particular emphasis on social inclusion, the passing on of life experiences and practical skills, health and well being of all members in a relaxed respectful congenial environment, free of any class, race, religious or political distinction. Membership is open to all men over 55 years of age.
Consideration will be given on a individual basis to those aged under 55 years.
Shed activities involve metal work, wood working, furniture repair, socialising activities, in a safe and friendly environment.
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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