What is the Menís Shed.
The shed is an important place in the Australian culture. It can be a reservoir of memories, experiences, and a place to share skills and to socialize. Weíve all read reports which tell us that health is based on many factors including self-esteem, feeling productive and a value to society, having social relations and being active. Many retired people had to downsize their living arrangements, often resulting in the manís personal space usually a garden shed or workshop being lost.
So the idea of a community shed was born, here men could come and share a fantastic variety of tools while still pursuing their pastime and hobbies, spend time together with other blokes of similar interests and skills or even use tools for the first time, keep old skills honed and productive. Here men could also feel viable and vigorous by contributing needs and create projects of personal interest and expertise.
Bowral Community Menís Shed has been set up to meet these needs and to provide a substitute space for Ďshed less blokesí. Besides encouraging new and social activities with friendships, the Menís Shed also provides access to other networks for men including local activities and means of health education.
Where are we? Bowral is located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia approximately 130 Kilometres south of Sydney. It is situated in a cool climate area, 700 metres above sea level
Our major sponsers
Without the continued support and sponsorship of the Uniting Church Bowral our Menís Shed would not be possible. For this we are most grateful.
Uniting Care and Ageing Ė Northern Sydney Region who is our major sponsor and partner of Bowral Community Menís Shed.
Ivan Armstrong, CEO and the executive committee provided support and advice both initially and ongoing for which we are extremely grateful. Uniting Care continued to pay our co-ordinatorís wages after the initial grant. We have no doubt the Bowral Community Menís Shed would not exist today without the help of Uniting Care-Ageing Northern Sydney Region and Lane Cove Menís Shed, especially Ruth Vanherk and the Co-ordinator support and assistance has also contributed to our success
Partnership includes Bowral Uniting Church and Uniting Care- Ageing Ė Northern Sydney Region.