Men’s shed thrives

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

A YEAR af­ter the move to their new Bea­cons­field home, the Fre­man­tle Men’s Com­mu­nity Shed has con­tin­ued to grow both in size and as­pi­ra­tions.

The shed had just a hand­ful of mem­bers when it be­came the first in Perth to open in 2005. It now has 170 and of­fer ac­cess and pro­grams cen­tred around wood­work and met­al­work.

It re­cently branched into mu­sic, art, a com­mu­nity gar­den and women’s work­shops.

Shed pres­i­dent Bill John­stone said they had re­cently ex­tended their open­ing hours to give more mem­bers of the com­mu­nity a chance to en­joy their fa­cil­i­ties.

“We an­tic­i­pated that once peo­ple in the com­mu­nity saw what the shed of­fered with its ter­rific fa­cil­i­ties and di­verse ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able it would be a draw­card,” he said.

“We are a Men’s Com­mu­nity Shed, thus it is a shed the men of Freo have cre­ated for the wider com­mu­nity to have use of, that’s our mantra re­ally.”

Mr John­stone said there were no plans to stop ex­pand­ing their pro­grams to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, with refugees, men­tal health groups and youth all set to ben­e­fit in the next 12 months. Visit www.fre­omen­shed.org.au for more.

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Fre­man­tle Men’s Com­mu­nity Shed pres­i­dent Bill John­stone (cen­tre) and mem­bers min­gling among some of the fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment at the shed.

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