Em­brac­ing men’s shed

Group has been a breath of fresh air for Kevin

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

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