Shed of­fers tools to stay ac­tive, healthy

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - EDUCATION - Tim Slater

BEL­MONT Men’s Shed is pro­vid­ing an im­por­tant place for men to meet and stay ac­tive in their re­tire­ment, ac­cord­ing to the group’s chair­man, Brian Carey.

The Shed was of­fi­cially opened in Fe­bru­ary and since then vol­un­teers have been busy fit­ting out dif­fer­ent sec­tions, in­clud­ing a wood­work sec­tion, veg­etable gar­den and bike re­pair room.

It also has an of­fice, meet­ing room, li­brary, com­puter room, met­al­work sec­tion and a kitchen.

“Some peo­ple might just want to come for a cup of cof­fee,” he said.

“You might ar­rive here at 8.30am and some­one’s got the ket­tle on.

“There were 17 of us yes­ter­day sit­ting around the ta­ble and that was very im­por­tant.”

The Shed has about 60 fi­nan­cial mem­bers work­ing hard to raise funds to keep the or­gan­i­sa­tion go­ing, in­clud­ing hold­ing sausage siz­zles and wel­com­ing buy­ers and col­lect­ing do­na­tions at Bel­mont Fo­rum com­mu­nity mar­kets.

It re­cently re­ceived a grant from the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram, which was pre­sented by Swan MHR Steve Irons for equip­ment in­clud­ing a MIG welder, work benches, dust ex­trac­tor and com­pres­sor.

Mr Carey said a lot of peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions had pro­vided fur­ni­ture and equip­ment, val­ued at about $40,000, to help get the Shed es­tab­lished.

“It has been great to re­ceive the do­na­tions of goods from other Men’s Sheds, in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies,” he said.

“The gen­eros­ity in the com­mu­nity never ceases to amaze me.”

The group is ap­ply­ing for an­other grant to buy a rain­wa­ter tank, soil and a shade house for its gar­den area.

Mr Carey said the main aim of the Shed was to pro­vide a meet­ing place for men and for them to so­cialise and en­joy each other’s com­pany.

They can ei­ther pur­sue their in­ter­ests in­di­vid­u­ally or work on group projects for lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions rang­ing from re­tire­ment homes to lo­cal schools.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Vern Davies said he got in­volved with the Shed af­ter he re­tired and wanted to keep busy.

“Keep­ing your brain work­ing is the im­por­tant thing,” he said.

“Even though it’s a lot of work, it’s a fan­tas­tic job be­cause you are help­ing other peo­ple as well as your­self.”

Brian Carey, Barry Viner and Vern Davies at the Bel­mont Men’s Shed.

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