About our shed
The Oakdale Community Men's Shed was developed to provide a place where the local men could meet, chat, carry out hobbies such as wood working and craft and enjoy the company of other's like themselves. This project was adopted to aid and benefit these men for that purpose. In May, 2011The Rotary Club of Wollondilly North was approached by The local Council of Wollondilly Shire to oversee the project of submitting the Development & Building applications for the Construction the Men's Shed . The then President Elect Warwick Richardson and his incoming Board decided to take the Project on for their year. After numerous meetings between the parties involved, including the Oakdale Workers & Sporting Club and the members of the Men's Shed to be, President Warwick set about submitting the applications and plans to Council. The shed was then built with the final paving and landscaping being done by Club members. The Shed now has 16 members who meet weekly.
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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