The Bassendean Men’s Shed Group is up and running and constantly looking for new members.
The Group meets at 10am on Tuesday mornings at their premises at the rear of the Eden Hill Church, 248 Morley Drive. Some of the meetings consist of site visits and to date the Group has visited other Men’s Sheds in the Perth metropolitan area, Hoffman Engineering, Beyond Tools and other centres.
The meetings and activities of the Group provide an opportunity for open discussion on matters of interest as well Men’s Shed business.
The primary focus of the Group is establishing a Men’s Shed in Bassendean. The Town of Bassendean has graciously allocated land for a shed and the administrative processes of bringing that about are underway.
What is a Men’s Shed? The Australian Men’s Shed Association described the purposes on the Men’s Sheds in the following way-
The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one you might see … a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with.
So what is so special about this new type of Men’s Shed? Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. There has been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their own health and well-being. Most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t 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.
Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and an active mind. Becoming a member 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.
If you have some free time, why not come along. You will be most welcome.
For more details please contact Clive Brown on:
Phone: 0427 240005