About our shed
Our Men's Shed was formed on Thursday 23 June 2011 when about 50 people gathered in the Committee Rooms at Port Stephens Council administration building. The Raymond Terrace Men’s Shed was founded and incorporated as a not for profit organisation in 2011 following the identification of a need within the local community for this concept. Our first attempt at procuring a building to use as a men’s shed was through our local Port Stephens Council where the former SES building in Port Stephens St was initially identifies but later rejected by council as being unsuitable for our purpose. Further investigation resulted in us approaching Crown Lands NSW through Port Stephens Council for consideration of temporary use of the former Raymond Terrace fire station in William St. A Development Application was submitted to council requesting a “temporary change of use” for this site. In November 2011, after negotiation with both parties, approval was granted for a two year sub license agreement with Port Stephens Council for the former fire station to be used as our first men’s shed site. This sub-license has since been extended a further three years through to 2016. Our shed was officially open for use by Councillor Glenys Francis on the 4th August 2012. The Raymond Terrace Men’s Shed currently operates from our new premises located in Boomerang park. Our address is 17G Irrawang St. Raymond Terrace. The Shed operates for general shed activities 4 half days a week with the first and second Tuesday of each month assigned for member computer tutorials
Woodwork, Metalwork, Toy - making, General repairs
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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