An­other help­ing hand for the Mans­field Mates pro­gram

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

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.

McCor­mack PHOTO: Rhyll

WILL­ING TO HELP: Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Scott La­mont is al­ways ready to help the community.

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