Handy type wanted to get shed rolling
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.”
John Abberton, Shane Aitkman and Gary Rae from the Endeavour Foundation could use some handyman help.