Rudy Stakenburg, president Rob Dight and secretary David Wilson at Childers Men's Shed new site at North St. Photo Matthew McInerney / NewsMail
Rudy Stakenburg, president Rob Dight and secretary David Wilson at Childers Men's Shed new site at North St. Photo Matthew McInerney / NewsMail Matthew McInerney

What Men's Shed is all about

NOW we're able to move ahead, it's time to explain just what Men's Shed is all about.

There seems to have been many misconceptions about what a Men's Shed actually does, with comments suggesting we are "only there to make dust and create noise".

This highlights the need for everyone to be better informed about the reasons behind the need for this facility.

The Childers District Men's Shed is a community-based, non-profit organisation registered as a charity for advancing health.

The mission of the organisation is to provide a venue for the advancement of health and well-being of all men in our community, and provide education, mentoring and fellowship benefits for the community as a whole.

To better explain the background of the group, the following is from the Australian Men's Shed Association website:

"So what's so special about Men's Shed?

"Most men have learned from our culture not to talk about feelings and emotions.

"There has been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their own health and well-being.

"Generally men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they don't usually ask for help.

"Probably, because of this, many men are less healthy than women. They take more risks and suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression.

"Men's Sheds support men with relationship breakdowns, retrenchment or early retirement, loss of children following divorce, physical or mental illness.

"These are just some of the problems that men find it hard to deal with on their own.

"Good health is based on many factors, including feeling good, being productive in the community, connection to friends and maintaining an active body and mind.

"Becoming a member of the Men's Shed gives a man a safe environment where he can find old-fashioned mateship.

"Importantly, there is no pressure, men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that's all they want.

"Members of Men's Sheds come from all walks of life and the bond unites men.

"Because men don't make a fuss about their problems, these problems have consistently been ignored or swept under the mat.

"It's time for a change and the Men's Shed movement is one of the most powerful tools we have in helping men to once again become valued and valuable members of our community."

So yes, there might be a little noise and dust at times.

You'll also see men attending health-related workshops and discussion groups.

You'll see men working on their own projects and projects for community groups.

The older men will teach younger men new skills, or maybe vice-versa, learning how to cook and how to propagate plants or to use a computer to keep connected to family.

Maybe the members will just be sitting reading a book or having a chat.

When we are up and running, pop in and see for yourself.

I'm sure you will see the benefits the shed will offer the whole of the Childers.

We currently meet on Tuesdays from 10am-noon at Thomas St in the old Apex shed.

New members are most welcome and the starting age is 18.

We are very thankful for the assistance we have received in developing this much-needed facility.

We look forward to continued support from the community and the ever-increasing membership.



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