Embracing men’s shed
Group has been a breath of fresh air for Kevin
FOR Kevin Pearce, the Gayndah Men’s Shed has taken on an important role in his life, and to see the new shed open was a pure joy for him.
“I just love it,” Mr Pearce said.
“I have a health condition that I deal with and I had been searching for something like this for a very long time.
“I tried to find something like this down in Victoria but I couldn’t find anything, so for me this men’s shed is great.”
Mr Pearce said he was able to see the value of the organisation from both sides, as someone who has traded skills and as someone who battled his own demons.
“Because I have post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety I know how important something like this is,” Mr Pearce said.
“I’m all for this, I was a carer for a long time and worked with dangerous people and unfortunately that is what lead to my physical and mental injuries.
“When I come here I always learn something new, even today I’ve learned about working the land and opal mining. Just a whole host of subjects get spoken about.”
One of the less spoken about advantages of the men’s shed was the positive vibe that came with it, Mr Pearce said. “I needed to get away from a lot of negative influences, I got away from the booze and the people on the booze,” he said.
“I got tired of repeating the same things to the same people, I had surrounded myself with negative people and alcoholics.
“But here there are positive people with positive conversation instead of the same rubbish over and over again.” Mr Pearce has embraced the Gayndah Men’s Shed and said he struggled to find the words to convey how grateful he was for it.
“I was lost for a while there and joining these guys has given me that sense of community and now I can give back to the community,” Mr Pearce said.
“They have given me my confidence back, my confidence and my spirit.”