About our shed
The Shed was formed in December 2011 sharing the former Masonic Lodge building in Nyah West with the Anglican Church Op Shop. The building was kindly donated by Freemasons Victoria to be utilised as a community hub. The Men's Shed is a place for men to come together to share their skills and experiences. It's a place to build on the health and wellbeing of men, a place of creativity, of teamwork and for celebrating community spirit often giving them a genuine sense of purpose. The Shed provides a welcoming environment for men from all walks of life where they can socialise and enjoy a range of activities and general social interaction.
The Shed provides comradeship and activities for men of the community, focusing on the promotion of men's health and wellbeing whilst providing relief from individual isolation and allowing older, disadvantaged and men with a disability to strengthen and maintain social networks and gain new friends. The Shed provides a facility for woodwork, restoration of furniture, toy making, metal work, kitchen, hobbies, private projects, community projects, Men's Health forums, social get-together lunches, or simply share a yarn and a cuppa with mates.
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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