About our shed
The three principle ways Peninsula Toys helps our community are:
1. We collect, refurbish and gift for free, toys, games, bicycles etc to charities supporting children and their families
2. Those who refurbish our toys are mostly seniors, but we are open to any ages. This valuable work enhances our members social, mental, emotional, intellectual and physical well being.
3. Every tonne of toys gifted, is one less tonne of land fill, meaning less demand on Kimbriki Tip as well as the general environment
At our large Ingleside shed our men and women are involved in the refurbishment of toys that range: from board games to soft toys, from bicycles to dolls, from electronic games to lego. In fact any toy a child would play with.
Most days we all stop for tea, coffee, biscuits, and home made cakes, and engage in a lot of banter and chat about whatever seems relevant at the time.
Everyone is welcome to volunteer
Come and try your hand - the only skill requirement is enthusiasm
Find another shed in your area
— "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