About our shed
In early 2013, a grant was sought, from Nanango Heritage Bank, for the establishment of a Community Mens' Shed in Nanango, Queensland, by the Nanango Community Baptist Church. The grant was approved and the erection of the Shed began in earnest. The newly constructed Nanango Mens' Shed was opened on the 26th of January 2014. The community has been very supportive and many generous donations of equipment and other various items have been received. The membership, to date, has been increasing steadily.
The first project we performed, outside of constructing the building, was to make display cages for the Poultry Society for the annual show. The team that got together for the task consisted of: a brick layer, baker, train driver, heavy machinery operator, computer technician and a crazy Star Trekker. You could not have worked with a better bunch of guys that truly demonstrated Team Work.
We had to re-design and construct the boxes to fit 10 cage fronts. In total 340 cages
It was a great start for our introduction to the local community.
There has been lots of things happening since the initial posting on the blog. There have been some Friday night "get together" functions with a Barbeque tea and guest speaker. The most recent gathering had a prominent local Doctor speaking to the group about mens' health issues which have stirred a lot of interest among the membership. Not only was the Doc very informative, he also has a great sense of humour. (20/11/14)
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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