Collie’s men now have a dedicated facility to gather, share skills, build things and a better community, thanks to the brand-new purpose-built Men’s Shed on Forrest Street, officially opened Saturday, 12 March 2016, in front of an eager crowd of supporters and onlookers.
Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind. Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.
Members of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life – the bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and would like something meaningful to do with that time.
A good Men’s Shed has a Management Committee that has developed a safe and happy environment where men are welcome to work on community projects, specific Men’s Shed projects or a project of their choice in their own time and where the only ‘must’ is to observe safe working practices….all in a spirit of mateship.
The Men’s Shed movement has now become one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and wellbeing and helping men to once again become valued and productive members of our community.
Collie’s Men’s Shed was built with funds from Collie’s Bendigo Bank, Lotterywest and the Shire of Collie, and was fitted out with the help of the Coal Miners’ Welfare Board and Premier Coal.
The Men’s Shed will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am-1pm. $10 fee to join and $4 per session to use the facilities.
Contact the Collie Heritage & Menshed Inc. for more information, or to find out how you can get involved.