Thursday, 8 August 2013

Men's Sheds

Wikipedia describes a Shed as typically being a single-storey structure in a back garden that is used for storage, hobbies or as a workshop.
In Australia, sheds are very popular, and I think there isn't a house without one in the backyard, either big or small. Our shed, a very unattractive metal structure, stores mainly my husband's tools, the lawnmower and other garden implements.

But, I didn't really want to talk about the common garden shed, but another type of shed that helps men get together, talk and share problems, work on a wooden project, share ideas, teach younger men, etc.

I first heard about Men's Sheds, when one of our Doctors asked me to look for an address online and pass it on to her elderly patient.
My curiosity was piqued and I decided to investigate what exactly was this "Men's Shed", and I was quite impressed with what I found out, and I thought this was such a worthwhile project!
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As most of us know, men are not very good at opening up about their feelings and emotions or talking about health problems, which means they don't ask for help when they need it, when they are feeling low, isolated or sick. 
Sometimes after retirement, or after a relationship breakup or death of their partner, men withdraw and suffer in isolation, and are driven to drink, suffer from depression and loneliness.

This is where these Men's Sheds come in! 

Here men from all walks of life, get together with a view to do something with their time, learn new skills like how to cook for themselves, computer skills, woodworking, share their life stories and problems, etc, and this helps men to feel valued and valuable members of our community.

Photo taken from the internet - Men working with wood in a Men's shed

In 2007, the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) was set up, as a resource centre for all independent Sheds and to promote the Shed movement, using newsletters and their website as a communications hub. Their main objective being to provide a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on projects at their own pace, in their own time in the company of other men, with a view to advance the well-being and health of their male members.

A co-ordinator who has the technical and social skills is in charge of each Shed, and he just has to make sure he welcomes all men to work on a project in their own time under safe working practices. But men are also welcome to just come in and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat, if that is what they want to do.
There are over 400 Men's sheds across Australia, with over 100 in Western Australia.

Men's shed

There is also an online site with various articles on health matters, discussion boards, games and puzzles.

What do you think of this concept to get men together to talk about their problems?
Do you know if such an organization exists in your country?


  1. This is such a great idea! They should have this here as there are lots of elderly people living on their own, isolated and lonely.

  2. I think its a wonderful concept Sami..i don't think men find it as easy to communicate as we women do, so to have a place where they can just go and relax, or create is really good.

  3. It is a wonderful thing for men Mara, keeps them occupied, they can make friends, etc.

    Thanks Grace, it is a wonderful concept!

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