About our shed

About Us

HMS will provide men with the opportunity to receive social support and develop a range of skills, competencies and renewed confidence and independence in order to lead healthy and happy lives within their community. This will be achieved through empowering and enabling men who may be employed, unemployed, retired or living with a disability, to engage in a variety of social, training and education opportunities, and to adopt leadership and volunteer positions integral to the successful functioning of the shed.
HMS is an incorporated association which commenced after considerable community consultation in 2008.
HMS is supported by Cardinia Shire, Cockatoo Neighbourhood House, Cockatoo Township Committee, Emerald Rotary Club, MIND Australia and Monash Health.

Shed Activities

Woodworking, Metalworking, CNC, Community Services. Monthly Cockatoo market stall.

Find us


Graham Thomas

79 Pakenham Road Cockatoo, VIC 3781
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03 5968 9473

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Positive impacts


"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.

Watch — More than just a shed

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