Group helps men’s well-be­ing

Childers Men’s Shed pro­vides space to build mate­ship

Isis Town and Country - - News - By ROB DIGHT, PRES­I­DENT, CHILDERS DIS­TRICT MEN’S SHED AS­SOC INC

NOW we’re able to move ahead, it’s time to ex­plain just what Men’s Shed is all about.

There seems to have been many mis­con­cep­tions about what a Men’s Shed ac­tu­ally does, with com­ments sug­gest­ing we are “only there to make dust and cre­ate noise”.

This high­lights the need for ev­ery­one to be bet­ter in­formed about the rea­sons be­hind the need for this fa­cil­ity.

The Childers Dis­trict Men’s Shed is a com­mu­nity-based, non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion reg­is­tered as a char­ity for ad­vanc­ing health.

The mis­sion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is to pro­vide a venue for the ad­vance­ment of health and well-be­ing of all men in our com­mu­nity, and pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion, men­tor­ing and fel­low­ship ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity as a whole.

To bet­ter ex­plain the back­ground of the group, the fol­low­ing is from the Aus­tralian Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion web­site:

“So what’s so spe­cial about Men’s Shed?

“Most men have learned from our cul­ture not to talk about feel­ings and emo­tions.

“There has been lit­tle en­cour­age­ment for men to take an in­ter­est in their own health and well-be­ing.

“Gen­er­ally men are re­luc­tant to talk about their emo­tions and that means that they don’t usu­ally ask for help.

“Prob­a­bly, be­cause of this, many men are less healthy than women. They take more risks and suf­fer more from iso­la­tion, lone­li­ness and de­pres­sion.

“Men’s Sheds sup­port men with re­la­tion­ship break­downs, re­trench­ment or early re­tire­ment, loss of chil­dren fol­low­ing di­vorce, phys­i­cal or men­tal ill­ness.

“These are just some of the prob­lems that men find it hard to deal with on their own.

“Good health is based on many fac­tors, in­clud­ing feel­ing good, be­ing pro­duc­tive in the com­mu­nity, con­nec­tion to friends and main­tain­ing an ac­tive body and mind.

“Be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Men’s Shed gives a man a safe en­vi­ron­ment where he can find old-fash­ioned mate­ship.

“Im­por­tantly, there is no pres­sure, men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that’s all they want.

“Mem­bers of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life and the bond unites men.

“Be­cause men don’t make a fuss about their prob­lems, these prob­lems have con­sis­tently been ig­nored or swept un­der the mat.

“It’s time for a change and the Men’s Shed move­ment is one of the most pow­er­ful tools we have in help­ing men to once again be­come val­ued and valu­able mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

So yes, there might be a lit­tle noise and dust at times.

You’ll also see men at­tend­ing health-re­lated work­shops and dis­cus­sion groups.

You’ll see men work­ing on their own projects and projects for com­mu­nity groups.

The older men will teach younger men new skills, or maybe vice-versa, learn­ing how to cook and how to prop­a­gate plants or to use a com­puter to keep con­nected to fam­ily.

Maybe the mem­bers will just be sit­ting read­ing a book or hav­ing a chat.

When we are up and run­ning, pop in and see for your­self.

I’m sure you will see the ben­e­fits the shed will of­fer the whole of the Childers.

We cur­rently meet on Tues­days from 10am–noon at Thomas St in the old Apex shed.

New mem­bers are most welcome and the start­ing age is 18.

We are very thank­ful for the as­sis­tance we have re­ceived in de­vel­op­ing this much-needed fa­cil­ity.

We look for­ward to con­tin­ued sup­port from the com­mu­nity and the ever-in­creas­ing mem­ber­ship.

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