About our shed

About Us

The shed was the Vision of Dean Olafsen and others to encourage older men to socialize. Established in 2012.
A great number of men find they have a lot of free time on their hands once they retire and can sometimes lose their group of mates they once had while at work.
The Men’s shed is a place where guys of any age can come and have a chat and a coffee with other men in a creative hands on atmosphere.
The Shed has many projects that can get your hands dirty.
At the moment we have gardening, wood working,metal work and leather work.
Moving from the family home and giving up your shed or workspace can be incredibly tough, and, if you have moved into a retirement home or apartment, it can be easy to think you have to give up that part of your life.
Whether you want to do, woodwork, metal work, gardening and more, embark on a new project, create some new artwork, improve your computer skills, or simply want to catch up for a cuppa and a yarn with like-minded people, the Ipswich Men’s Shed has plenty to offer for retired men.

Find us


Terry Carter

3A Mining St Bundamba, QLD 4304
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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