January 25th 2012
Calls for a Magnetic Island Men's Shed
The idea has been “tossed around for some time” but a meeting has now been called to start a Men's Shed on Magnetic Island.
So, what is a Men's Shed? Without pre-empting the direction an Island shed group could take, men's sheds are generally places where blokes, more often retired or mature aged, can work on hobbies and projects, often for charity purposes, that require equipment that these fellas may no longer have access to. As often happens, people retire and downsize their accommodation and no longer have a shed of their own or they simply don’t have access to the tools and equipment they need to complete a job.
Of course when a bunch of blokes get together to work, or for fun making stuff and possibly sharing some old tradie tricks, they also have a chance to share a cuppa and have a yarn - getting to know other locals a bit better in the process.
Men's Sheds have been appearing across Australia since 2007 and are seen as an important way for men to make friends and, as is increasingly a problem, even on Magnetic Island, help counter the isolation and depression which can strike people, particularly as they get older.
Kim Pierce, Coordinator of Magnetic Island Community Care has suggested a meeting on February 1st at 10.00 at their premises at 7 Apjohn St, Horseshoe Bay.
One of the interested shedders, Chris McGuinn told Magnetic Times, “Now we have the opportunity to gauge interest in putting a working group together".
Chris is hoping that locals who hear about the meeting, “...may know others who would benefit from a ‘Shed’. They all are welcome to come and put ideas forward on how to get one for our Island.”
Story: George Hirst
To learn more about the Men's Shed movement (Click here)
Chris said, “Could you please let me know if you are able to attend? Also, if you know of anyone else who may be interested in helping out, they are also most welcome to attend.” Chris can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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