About our shed
The Sunnybank RSL Sub Branch made the initial attempt to start a Men’s Shed in Sunnybank in 2007/8. The challenge of finding a home for a shed led to the idea being put on hold when the estimated cost became prohibitive. The Sunnybank Uniting Church heard about the attempt and, seeing it as a way to contribute to the health and wellbeing of men in our community, offered the use an old bus shed. At a public meeting in 2012, a new committee was formed and new life was injected into the dream of a Men’s Shed in the Sunnybank area.
The legal side of re-zoning and reaching a long-term lease agreement with the Uniting Church was completed in 2013. The Shed is operating four mornings each week with 25 to 35 men attending, has a membership now over 100 and many projects in the pipeline. The combined support of the RSL Sub Branch and the Sunnybank Uniting Church gives a solid base for the members.
2016 was a big year for us with a second shed and a large covered area between the sheds. We thank the Queensland Community Benefits Fund and Brisbane City Council for their support with these major developments. A Federal Government grant enabled us to equip the Shed with modern professional woodworking equipment and a grant from The Department of Veterans Affairs provided a superb dust extraction system for the woodworking. In 2017 we developed a new covered area for morning tea for our growing membership and in 2018 a new office, kitchen and landscaping with the support of the Community Benefits Fund and Brisbane City Council. Solar power is planned for 2019.
In addition to woodworking we now offer metal and leather work and wood burning. We have also, with the help of The Edge at the Queensland State Library, set up a computer room and are running courses to teach members how to maintain their computers. Other classes on things like web browsing and the use of email will follow. An exciting new activity for us is the formation of a Shed Music Group in September 2018. The musos get together on two Saturday mornings each month for a jam session.
Our local Council, State, and Federal politicians support the shed. Their assistance is greatly appreciated.
The future looks good for the Sunnybank District Community Men’s Shed Inc.
Wood, metal and leather work, wood burning, spoon carving and gardening plus lots of tea, coffee and chat. Once each month we have a bbq lunch with a guest speaker.
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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