Handy type wanted to get shed rolling

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - EMMA CHAD­WICK

A HANDY­MAN who en­joys wood­work and fur­ni­ture restora­tion is wanted to start a Men’s Shed at Townsville’s En­deav­our Foun­da­tion in North Ward.

The right man would be will­ing to vol­un­teer his time to help oth­ers learn new skills in a re­laxed and fun en­vi­ron­ment.

En­deav­our Foun­da­tion sup­port and oper­a­tions man­ager Stephen Ru­fus said the cen­tre sup­ported about 40 peo­ple with men­tal dis­abil­i­ties but the men, aged up to 55, re­quired more man­ual pur­suits.

“The ladies gen­er­ally get into art, crafts and gar­den­ing but there are about six to eight men who are not as keen on those things,” he said.

“They like to fur­ther their skills in dis­man­tling com­put­ers, gar­den­ing, lawn­mow­ing and whip­per- snip­per­ing and we would like to ex­tend that to fur­ni­ture restora­tion and wood­work.

“We don’t want to use any ma­jor elec­tric tools or equip­ment be­cause of the safety is- sues so some­body who has DIY skills, putting fur­ni­ture to­gether and dis­man­tling com­put­ers for a cou­ple of hours one day a week.”

Mr Ru­fus has vis­ited Men’s Sheds across Townsville to get an idea of how it could work for them.

He said they had a pow­ered shed at their Lands­bor­ough St site, which would be per­fect for a Men’s Shed but it did not yet have many tools or any­one with the right skills to get it started.

“I want to put some life into it, it is an old WWII bunker and is not be­ing used,” Mr Ru­fus said. “We think it is a great way for peo­ple to learn gross and fine mo­tor skills, it is an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and it can even lead to em­ploy­ment for peo­ple.

“It would suit some­body who has ba­sic handy­man skills and who has an in­ter­est in help­ing peo­ple. They would have to be a peo­ple per­son who has pa­tience and tol­er­ance and who can teach peo­ple be­cause these peo­ple would be learn­ing from scratch.”

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

John Ab­ber­ton, Shane Aitk­man and Gary Rae from the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion could use some handy­man help.

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