After years in the planning and building, the Mosman Men’s Shed has finally opened for business.
The Shed will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 3pm, but closed over Christmas (the Shed will be open up to and including Wednesday 19 December, and will reopen Tuesday 22 January 2013).
For enquiries, please contact Michael Standley.
What can you do?
- apply for membership
- volunteer your skills
- donate tools and equipment
- help the Committee with setting up the Shed
- provide sponsorship
- Mosman Men's Shed membership form (PDF 138KB)
Who to contact?
P: 0418 228 258
What is a Men’s Shed?
Men’s Sheds are based on the concept of backyard sheds that have long been a part of Australian culture.
Each one is different, but if you visited you might find men restoring furniture, fixing bicycles and lawnmowers, building model aeroplanes or yachts, or working on a project to raise money for a community organisation. You might see older men teaching younger men new skills and something about life. Somewhere in the Shed, there would be tea and coffee and a comfortable place where men can sit and talk.
To find out more, go to the Australian Men’s Shed Association website www.mensshed.org.
So what’s so special about Men’s Sheds?
Australian culture doesn’t encourage men to talk about feelings and emotions, or to take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, men are often reluctant to talk about their emotions and to ask for help. “Probably because of this many men are less healthy than women, they drink more, take more risks and they suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression. Relationship breakdown, retrenchment or early retirement from a job, loss of children following divorce, physical or mental illness are just some of the problems that men find hard to deal with on their own.
Good health is based on factors such as feeling good about yourself, being productive, being connected in your community and maintaining an active body and mind. Membership of a Men’s Shed “gives a man that safe and busy environment where he can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.”
Just as all sheds are different, so are the members. They come from all walks of life, have different interests, skills and personalities. What they have in common and what unites them is that they have time on their hands and the wish to do something meaningful.
“A good Men’s Shed will develop a safe and happy environment where men are welcome to work a project of their choice in their own time and where the only ‘must’ is to observe safe working practices. All in a spirit of mateship.”
Men’s Sheds have become a powerful movement for change. There are now more than 600 in Australia and they are also spreading overseas, to New Zealand, Ireland and Canada.
Come and see for yourself.
What are the plans for the Mosman Men’s Shed?
Projects might include:
- Woodwork: wooden toys, picture frames, cabinet making and restoration, model aeroplanes, outdoor furniture, easels, signage
- Electronics: radio – Ham Radio
- Computers: restoration, installation, configuring
- Upholstery: re-upholstering – packing, padding
- Art and Metal Work: Painting, calligraphy, engraving
- Men’s Health