About our shed
A Community Shed In The Heart Of The City
Melbourne Men’s Shed at Federation Square is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture.
Melbourne Men’s Shed came into being from a community desire to have a space for men living in or close to Melbourne to meet. The shed provides a range of activities for both working and retired men; including woodwork, a walking group and cooking classes as well as other social activities. There are also opportunities to become involved in volunteer work.
Melbourne Men’s Shed is an inclusive space with suitable for the retired apartment dweller, CBD workers, female members, artists, students and guests.
A Safe Place In Which Members Can:
- Build friendships
- Get involved in community life
- Share knowledge
- Learn new skills
- Support community projects
- Improve health outcomes
Wood work, Cooking, walking, computers
Find another shed in your area
— "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