About our shed
Melba Shed is a non-denominational centre for mature-aged men who are not in the full-time work force. Participants pass on skills and enjoy activities in an informal, friendly, non-threatening environment.
The Shed was inspired by the Men’s Sheds network in NSW. We commenced in August 2008 and today we have a regular weekly attendance of over 50 men. Ages range from mid-30s to over 90 with most members aged in the 60-80 years range. We have a total regular membership of about 100 members.
Activities of the Shed over a monthly period usually involve two guest speakers, an external visit to an interesting place in or around Canberra and a sausage sizzle. We have a detailed program with scheduled events for several months ahead and this is on our website and is circulated in our weekly newsletter emailed to all Shed members.
Friday meetings with guest speakers.
Thursday walking group.
Daily cycling and coffee mornings.
Tuesday social meeting at local club.
Friday lunch meetings.
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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