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Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

COCK­BURN men will have some­where to hone their skills, meet new peo­ple and forge friend­ships at the Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed when it opens on June 13.

The new pur­pose-built base in Cock­burn Cen­tral has been more than six years in the mak­ing and three men who couldn’t be more pleased are its in­au­gu­ral 2013 chair­man Mike Man­ning, cur­rent chair­man Peter Hodg­son and men’s shed ad­vo­cate and cur­rent trea­surer Ge­off Webb, who helped es­tab­lish the pro­ject’s part­ner­ship with the Ro­tary Club of Cock­burn.

Mr Man­ning (76) said he needed some­where to use his cre­ative skills that in­cluded wood and me­tal work.

“I re­tired at 70 and my wife said to me ‘you are not going to sleep in that chair all day’, and now she has to make an ap­point­ment to see me,” he said.

“It’s great to have a safe space for men to talk about their is­sues.”

Mr Hodg­son (63), a long-stand­ing Ro­tar­ian, be­came chair­man in April 2017 and has put pro­ject and change-man­age­ment skills honed dur­ing his pro­fes­sional life to good use as the Men’s Shed moved to its per­ma­nent home.

“I’d al­ways in­tended to join a Men’s Shed be­cause al­though I don’t have any artis­tic skills, I like pot­ter­ing about with var­i­ous projects,” Mr Hodg­son said.

“But what I re­ally like about the ob­jec­tive is that Men’s Sheds fos­ter, main­tain and pro­mote men’s physical and men­tal health and well­be­ing.

“Of­ten men don’t want to be pub­licly talk­ing about them­selves and there is no pres­sure to lay on a couch and pour their heart out here.

“But when they are ready to talk to an­other bloke in blokey lan­guage, a Men’s Shed is a good place for that.”

Mr Webb (67) helped es­tab­lish the Leschenault Men’s Shed and was keen to use his ex­pe­ri­ence to help Cock­burn’s come to fruition.

“It’s been a huge ef­fort to get the shed where it is to­day and hats off to the City of Cock­burn for all their sup­port,” Mr Webb said.

“We have more than 50 mem­bers and look for­ward to dou­bling that now we have a ded­i­cated fa­cil­ity.

“We plan to hire out the space to gen­er­ate in­come and hope to hold com­mu­nity sem­i­nars about health and other top­ics of in­ter­est.”

Visit www.ccmshed.org.au/ or email coc­mensshed@iinet.net.au.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d482931

Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Men's Shed mem­ber Mike Man­ning with chair­man Peter Hodg­son and trea­surer Ge­off Webb.

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