About our shed
People often wonder what we do at the Western Port Men’s Shed.
Members are welcome and indeed encouraged to bring their own projects to work on at The Shed and are also encouraged to participate in community projects such as building useful items for local charities, pre-schools, primary schools, kindergartens, hospitals and retirement centres among others. As well, The Shed is happy to make ‘one-off’ special items for disadvantaged members of the local community. Most Men’s Shed activities are conducted on the premises.
Projects that members may wish to undertake are limited only by their imaginations although, due to space limitations, excessively large projects cannot be accommodated. Members have made rocking horses, billy carts, tables, stools, bread & cheese boards, BBQ trolleys, mail boxes, doll’s houses, wooden trains and many other toys (see our Shop page). Some members have turned out beautiful timber pieces on lathes, while others have crafted jewel boxes, statuettes, and chess sets. The list is endless. The one thing that members would appear to share in common is their enjoyment of doing things in the company of other men.
As a means of raising funds for raw materials and workshop consumables, The Western Port Men’s Shed members are encouraged to make items that can be sold at community markets, fairs, shopping malls and so on.
The Shed is supervised at all times by suitably qualified personnel, and there is no requirement for members to have any previous experience in using the tools or equipment. Appropriate work safety practices are enforced, and tuition on the use of all equipment is provided as needed. Members must show they are fully capable of safely using a tool or piece of equipment before being allowed to proceed unsupervised.
Woodwork, metal work, gardening
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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.
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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