About our shed
Menai Men’s Shed (MMS) was launched on 18th August 2010 at the Alfords Pt. Community Centre as an idea of Menai Community Services. Membership gradually grew and, using mainly hand and power tools donated by members, shuffle boards and other simple device were made for local residential aged care centres.
Eventually the Shed membership outgrew the community centre facilities and in 2015 Sutherland Shire Council offered members the use of our current building on a long-term lease. This building was officially opened in July 2017. From this point the Shed has gone from strength to strength. Membership continues to grow and increased activities in the Shed means further expansion is being investigated.
The Shed has adopted a very professional management system tailored to the needs of members. This has resulted in extensive training on all machines prior to use by a member and regular safety and first aid training.
Menai Men’s Shed (MMS) operates under the Charter established by the Australians Men’s Shed Association and EEO Principles are applied.
The members of the Menai Men’s Shed acknowledge the Dharawal speaking people, traditional custodians of the land, and pays respect to elders past and present.
MMS Mission statement
The Menai Men’s Shed aims to provide a safe, comfortable, affordable, and accessible venue where men can find social support and camaraderie while engaging in meaningful projects to reduce the incidence of depression, loneliness, of mental and other illnesses.
To provide a safe and happy environment, where men are welcome to work on community projects or projects of their own choice, in their own time, where the only must is to observe safe working practices all in the spirit of mateship.
Woodwork, metal work, cabinet making, lead lighting and glass work, computers, electronics, 3D printing, outings, relaxation and a library.
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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