About our shed
The Hunter Multicultural Communities’ Community Shed is a welcoming and inclusive space for people of all backgrounds to gather, socialise and participate in shared interests.
The Community Shed programs include veterans, women’s and men’s shed activities, youth and school mentoring and IT support programs as well as opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Community Shed’s purpose is to promote health, wellness and social cohesion amongst all of our communities and to encourage a culturally diverse and enriched environment.
We particularly encourage people from diverse backgrounds to join and engage with not only the Community Shed, but all programs Hunter Multicultural Communities offers across the wider Hunter, Central Coast and Port Stephens regions.
The WMMMS provides an environment where all participants can be recognised and valued to help foster pride and self-esteem. Our focus is on projects that benefit the community, for example, building Buddy Benches for local infants and primary schools. With sections for woodworking, metal working, automotive, and our current restoration of a 7m cruiser, we have options for all interests and abilities. We also have seperate meeting areas for chats and coffee.
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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