Men’s shed a life­line for the com­mu­nity’s blokes

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Where would the men of Co­bram and district be with­out the men’s shed?

That’s a ques­tion sec­re­tary Terry Lang­ton knows wouldn’t have a nice an­swer.

Like in many small com­mu­ni­ties, the Co­bram Men’s Shed serves as an out­let and a life­line for lo­cal men.

Mem­bers work on mean­ing­ful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the com­pany of oth­ers.

A key fo­cus is to ad­vance the well­be­ing and health of mem­bers and to en­cour­age so­cial in­clu­sion.

Mr Lang­ton said many peo­ple had the mis­con­cep­tion that the shed was just for work­ing on projects and build­ing things.

His phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple — you can sit around and get old be­fore your time, or you can come to the shed and talk and drink cof­fee.

‘‘We work on a lot of great projects but help­ing blokes out is the best part about the shed,’’ he said.

‘‘I won­der where our mem­bers would be with­out the shed. A lot of blokes rely on it. It’s much bet­ter to come and talk than sit at home mulling over your prob­lems.

‘‘A lot of our mem­bers live alone and they come to the shed to make new friends and get things off their chest.’’

The Co­bram Men’s Shed has 21 mem­bers and is mostly funded by small mem­ber­ship fees. The shed also sup­ports it­self sell­ing fur­ni­ture made by mem­bers.

The shed is al­ways open to new faces. If you want to get in­volved, phone 5872 2224.

Friendly face: Co­bram Men’s Shed sec­re­tary Terry Lang­ton en­cour­ages all lo­cal men to come to the shed for a cuppa and a chat.

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