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