History of the Woodend Men’s Shed
In 2013 a group of local men began investigating the possibility of establishing a Woodend Men’s Shed, a concept that was already entrenched in communities throughout Australia.
While some local men had expressed interest in participation in a Men’s Shed, initial investigations into a possible location within the Woodend district were unsuccessful. Those involved were becoming desperate when it was suggested that the local Bupa Aged Care facility may be able to assist. Bupa management was very receptive and supportive of our request for a facility and offered a large, stand-alone room located at the rear of their property. We have been in our current location since June 2014
The building is in a very pleasant garden setting, and members have the ongoing support of local management, staff and a small group of Bupa residents
During this period e have strived to achieve the following objectives
- Ensuring a place for men that promotes social interaction and activities which maintain the health and wellbeing of those men;
- Easing the transition of men from full time employment to other activities in retirement;
- Providing support to men in need of help arising from mental illness or other debilitating illnesses;
- Building a culture in the shed where all men are welcome and where mutual respect and trust are paramount;
- Becoming a focal point for members for the identification of men’s health issues and actions to resolve them.
In addition to the all-important social interaction of members the Woodend Men’s Shed has made many positive contributions, including:
- Liaison with men who are Bupa residents and who visit the Shed on a weekly basis
- A range of community projects, including construction of:
- Tree benches for the Woodend Primary School
- Wicking bed garden boxes for the Newham Primary School
- Frames for display of trophies
- Indian Miner Bird traps
- Possum nesting boxes
- Response to individual requests for assistance, e.g. repairs to chairs, handles, coffee tables and other household items.
- Personal projects undertaken by members e.g. restoring furniture, making toys, woodturning etc.
- Items that are offered for sale as part of the Shed fund-raising program
Unfortunately, despite several other advantages, the limited size of our current facility has obliged us to seek other options and we are confident that we will be in new premises in the first part of 2020.
We look forward to larger premises facilitating a significant increase in the number of members, operating hours and the range of activities and projects that we can undertake.