Another helping hand for the Mansfield Mates program
THERE are many unsung groups in Mansfield that are trying to help the broader community.
One of those, Mansfield Mates, is forging ahead with its innovative “buddy system”, aimed at tackling mental health through friendship.
Another of those groups is the Mansfield’s Men’s Shed.
Originally started as a service for men who were finding the experience of retirement boring, the group has morphed into something so much more.
Now, the shed serves as a place for men of any age to come together to catch up, meet others and form friendships.
The shed is a hub to a range of activities from community driven projects to small, personal endeavours.
The shed is also a great supporter of other community groups and organisations such as Mansfield Mates, with shed president Scott Lamont an active volunteer in the project.
Scott is a keen advocate for community engagement and has been involved with the Mansfield Mates project from inception.
“Social isolation among people with a mental illness is a real problem that can be addressed,” he explained.
“This is the reason as to why I have chosen to be involved with the Mansfield Mates project.
“All it takes is the ability to connect, communicate and support people in our community, and to not allow their illness to define them whether through perceived stigma or otherwise.
“I hope that within my role with Mansfield Mates I can support people to feel reconnected again.”
Scott is just one of the volunteers involved with the program, but more recruits are always needed.
If you are interested in being involved, please contact Renee Leary on 0438 292 551.
For more information about the Men’s Shed, Scott can be contacted on 0448 500 798.
WILLING TO HELP: Men’s Shed president Scott Lamont is always ready to help the community.