MenzShed opens in Invercargill
The MenzShed in Invercargill is ready for men and women to show off their skills while helping the community.
Committee members are encouraging people who are retired and bored, wanting to learn new skills, or just keen to be more social to join.
Operations manager Peter Bailey said at the weekend the shed, at 34 Forth St, was fitted out with machinery and tools but he welcomed donations including furniture, kitchen items, a television and computer.
The first meeting to set up the shed was in May.
Now there are eight committee members, including chairman Graham Sycamore, and initial feedback found that 27 people showed good interest in attending. An outdoor dining suite for a rotary club in Grasmere was the first project.
The club was a non-profit organisation so relied on donations and grants to stay operating, he said.
On Tuesday the club received $7500 from the ILT Foundation and $2000 from the Invercargill Licensing Trust.
‘‘We provide a service to the community for retired, handicapped or aged people wanting to come in and do things for themselves or help out with the community.’’
Operations team and committee member Peter Fitzgerald said the social side of the club was what drove him to get involved.
Working in retirement villages in the region, he found that a lot of people were ‘‘looking for purpose’’.
‘‘They went fishing and played golf but the common theme was they were bored, they had nothing to get out of bed for in the morning.
‘‘Doing something to volunteer made a big difference to them.’’
Although not everyone would be capable of physical work, there would be something for everyone to take part in.
Men and women were welcome to bring in their own skills, including woodwork, cooking or upholstery.
Committee member Ken Bowie said it was a place people could come to play cards, enjoy a cup of tea and learn new skills if they wanted to.
‘‘We might well outgrow this but I think it will be a good hub.’’
From yesterday, the shed will be open for use on Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm, and Saturdays 9am to 12pm.
People interested can contact Peter Bailey at email@example.com or phone 0276104067.
Invercargill MenzShed operations manager and committee member Peter Bailey and operations team and committee member Peter Fitzgerald.