About our shed
The Orange Men's Shed was officially opened by Mayor Reg Kidd in February 2009. We are located in the School of Arts building on the Mitchell Highway at Lucknow. Men have always gathered together in their own space to talk, share skills, swap ideas or discuss life in general. There's nothing new either about men spending time in their backyard shed (it's an acknowledged Aussie pastime). What is new is that men, particularly retired men, are combining these two activities in a communal space simply called a 'Men's Shed'. Any man is welcome to join the ORANGE MEN'S SHED, regardless of their age or skill level. Car pooling is available for those without transport. There is an annual fee of $20 and members are asked for a $3 donation on each visit to cover the cost of coffee, tea and biscuits. We try to get away at least once a year to Lightning Ridge, Lithgow, Newnes, and Canberra.
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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