For those of you becoming familiar with Men’s Sheds and what they are, we thought this explanation from one of the Australian web pages explained it quite nicely:
What is a Men’s Shed?
A Men’s Shed is any community-based, non-commercial organization which is open to all males where:
The primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where males are able to gather together and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other males
The primary objective is to advance the health and well-being of their male members.
Men’s Sheds are a vital community investment delivering programs and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and contribute to building a more inclusive Michigan. Most ‘shedders’ see themselves as having a strong sense of belonging and ownership of their Shed, share fellowship, camaraderie and devote most of their time to worthwhile community projects.
Men’s Sheds not only play important roles in the overall improvement of health and well-being but also positively engaging within their community for the benefit of their community.
A ‘Men’s Shed’ can be a purpose built facility, a multipurpose community or private building or shared space used on a regular basis for the purposes of a Men’s Shed. Innovative Men’s Shed models such as mobile sheds will also be considered where it can be established that these models are the best way to reach a specific priority group.
Men’s Shed Activities
Where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where males are able to gather together and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other males
The manufacture of a variety of products including toys, household or garden furniture, Indigenous crafts or wood-turned articles
Activities that may include gardening, wood turning, metalwork, undertaking repairs or restoration such as heritage machinery, bicycle and small engine maintenance, computer training and cooking
The undertaking of community projects
Participation in training programs such as First Aid and computers
Participation in activities that advance the health and well-being of their male members and
Engagement in traditional and cultural activities such as art and crafts.
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