Men­zShed opens in In­ver­cargill

The Invercargill Eye - - OUT & ABOUT - RE­BECCA MOORE

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 pe­te­olly@xtra.co.nz or phone 0276104067.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

In­ver­cargill Men­zShed op­er­a­tions man­ager and com­mit­tee mem­ber Peter Bai­ley and op­er­a­tions team and com­mit­tee mem­ber Peter Fitzger­ald.

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