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Published January 3rd 2019
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Men's Shed is a fairly new concept and is a group of men gathering together in certain suburbs and making and fixing things for all sorts of people who need help. Money raised from these projects often goes to a charity of each Men's Shed choice and it is run mainly by retired men and seniors.
Roleystone Men's Community Shed 19 Robin Road, Roleystone - in the old primary school
Fremantle Men's Community Shed Inc
70 Shepherd Street, Beaconsfield
Time: Monday & Tuesday - 9.30 am to 4 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm (mixed session), Wednesday - 9.30 am to 4 pm, Saturday - 9.30 am to 12 noon, Sunday - 10 am to 2 pm (mixed session). Non-members may attend at $10
Here there is a workshop with all tools and for men of all ages to use. This will help expand men's social, community and educational networks.
MORE ABOUT THE MEN'S SHED
The Men's Shed is a brilliant idea and is really a new version of the old shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men's Sheds are found all over Australia and continue to start in different suburbs as well as internationally.
There are all different things that are done at Men's Sheds. At some they make furniture, possibly fix bikes for schools, fix other things such as lawnmowers, and make things especially to order.
There are sometimes some younger men working with the older ones and they are learning new techniques from the men with whom they work. You could also see some men making such things as traditional weapons or designing arts and crafts.
Most older men have learned from our culture that they do not talk about feelings and emotions. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about these emotions and that means that they usually don't ask for help. Perhaps, partly because of this, many men are less healthy than women, drink more, take more risks and suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression.
Early retirement or retirement in general, often leaves these men with little to do in their lives and little meaning. Men's Shed can help put meaning, fun, and relationships back into their life. At the same time, they are helping others who are unable to repair, build or make things.
Being productive and helping people in the community can give men a real purpose for getting up each morning. They can also make new and good friends at these mostly weekly meetings at the Men's Shed.
In Perth and Western Australia, there are possibly about 250 different Men's Sheds around. For a list of ALL men's sheds, in alphabetical suburban order, go to this website.