About our shed
The Men’s Shed concept was first experimented with at the Goolwa Heritage Club Shed in 1993.
1998 saw the Lane Cove (NSW) and Tongala Mens Shed (Vic) opened. In 2005 there were 100 Mens Sheds operating in Australia and another 1000 operating overseas (particularly England, Scotland and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Canada, Denmark, Poland, Kenya and USA.
The Narooma Men’s Shed began in early 2011, as a project of the Narooma Lions Club, three members began the search for a site for a Mens Shed in Narooma.
The search was to take nearly 2 years before the current site in Glasshouse Rocks Road was made available by the Macauley family.
We do a wide variety of work for the public. We have made homes for possums, birds and micro bats. Repaired wooden toys, made music sticks and small coolamons, rebuilt furniture. A general principle is that we do not do work that would impinge on a business in Narooma.
To raise money and also for skills development, we make small wooden cars and planes. We make puzzle boxes and toaster tongs. We developed the concept of the Narooma Christmas Whale. While these are hired by businesses we have also sold a number to private householders. We knew we were on to something really good when Easts Caravan Park told us of the bus load of visitors stopped so the passengers could be photographed in front of the Narooma Christmas whale. So while the Christmas Whales are a fund raiser for the shed they are also a unique to Narooma.
We have run cooking programs where meals have either been cooked by members or by Chefs from businesses in town with member’s assistance. We have always opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Recently we have been opening on the Wednesday which is more of a quiet work and social day. It has recently included guitar lessons and card games have been discussed.
The one achievement we tend to gloss over, we are men after all and we are poor at communicating feelings stuff, is the communication and comradeship of members. Much of the work is done collaboratively, and with so many in a small area the sharing of machinery and equipment often necessitates “chat time” while waiting. As it would be in a good workplace people make an effort to get on with others.
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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