About our shed
Due to a rural downturn, Wangaratta Expo closed its operation and the facility they built now lay idle. Several ex members, including Russell Frankel, thought the building would be well suited to a Men's Shed.
They forwarded the idea to the Rural City of Wangaratta and at a subsequent meeting, which included representatives from the Wodonga Men's Shed and other interested individuals, a decision was made to push forward.
After more groundwork, and assistance from the Rural City, the Wangaratta District Men's Shed was born in March 2011. Russell was voted the inaugural president, and his efforts made for a positive start to the organisation.
The Shed has come a long way since those beginnings and is now a successful operation with 55 members.
The shed is indebted to the efforts of Russell Frankel and Ted Waldron (first vice-president) who have sadly passed away.
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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