This Men’s Shed Week, a light is shining on the benefits and positive contributions Men’s Sheds make to our communities.
More than just a structure, men’s sheds are an important part of many communities across the country, particularly in our regions.
Many local sheds support their towns by building and fixing structures that communities depend upon.
A large proportion of men's shed members also benefit from social interaction and a boost to emotional and mental wellbeing as a result.
On average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. The number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the national road toll.
The Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP said he is proudly a member of every Men's Shed in his electorate.
"Now more than ever the local Men’s Shed is an important place for men to meet up and participate in meaningful project," Mr Pasin said.
"At a time when people may be feeling more isolated and separated from family while travel restrictions have been in place, staying connected where and when we can is so important."
Mannum Men's Shed Chair Mike McDowell there is a lot men can learn and teach each other.
"We have a lot of members that come here with no real trade skill in mind, but they are quickly introduced and offered help with doing projects that they bring in or they get involved with electrical work or mechanical work," Mr McDowell said in March.
He also said men come together to offer guidance and in some cases, counselling.
"We go out there and have a cuppa and we just talk about it and I suppose you can call it therapeutic. It has brought a lot of people back from horrific situations."
At the Adelaide Hills Community Centre, Gary Brock coordinates the Gumeracha Men's Shed initiative.
His team as worked to build nest boxes as part of the Habitat Recovery Alliance’s Bushfire Recovery Project this year with Glyne Smalldon taking the lead.
"It is great being active and helping others... I enjoy doing projects for other people," Mr Smalldon said.
Men’s Shed Week is being celebrated from Monday 28 September to Sunday 4 October 2020.
Find a shed near you at mensshed.org/find-a-shed/.
Photo Daniel Mee, Flickr