About our shed

About Us

Sandgate Shed was established in  St Margarets Church Sandgate in February 2010. By 2016, shed membership had grown to 40+ and it moved to Brighton Health Campus (previously known as Eventide) and the Wellness Hub which operates from the site – each are services the Brisbane North Health and Hospital Service. A MOU formalises our occupancy.

This unique arrangement contributes to the mental wellbeing of men in the Community. The shed contributes to the Health Campus in a variety of ways but in most respects, the Shed operates independently with the vast majority of our members and clients resident of the broad community.

In 2022, the Sandgate Shed embarked on a Business Plan 2023-2028 ( available on www.sandgatemensshed.com.au)  which recognised the strength of woodworking while seeking to diversity toward other initiatives in line with changing membership patterns.

Shed Activities

Woodwork, Mental work, Pyrography, Fundsraising via Bunnings BBQs and raffles, Community support activities, market stalls, Support for health services and patients/residents, esp BBQ, manufacture of therapy aids, pyrography, plus minor repairs, maintenance and capital works. Estate finalisation- recovery of workshop equipment, tools and materials for recycling. Sale of surplus equipment and tools, Recovery and recycling of timber and furniture, Recycling of materials, Repairs and renovations especially furniture, Leadlighting
Recycling of timber recovered from land clearing by Utilities Company


Find us


Ross Smith

449 Hornibrook Highway Brighton, QLD 4017
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Positive impacts


"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.

Watch — More than just a shed

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