Yards shrink but Men’s shed grows

Granville Mens Shed president Brian Banks gets a helping hand to finish off one of the new Community Reading Boxes from Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings.

Story appeared in: Seniors | March 21st, 2018

AS blocks get smaller and more people move into high rise living, the humble backyard shed is becoming a thing of the past.
That's where the Granville Men's Shed comes in, says secretary Willem Tibben, by offering a space to work alongside other like-minded men.
"Often people have lost their tool shed or garage as a result of moving or downsizing," he said.
"Our members can work on projects of personal interest, share their unique skill set with others, help with the Shed's community projects and handyman jobs, or just come for the company.
"We are fundamentally a social group, and the Shed offers people a sense of camaraderie and reduces their social isolation.
"We do hands-on activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and have a social meeting on Thursdays.
"We usually have experienced, qualified shedders available to discuss problems and answer questions members might have and at the moment, our community project is building book boxes for Cumberland Council's libraries."
He said their members were a "broad and diverse group" which also included women who initially came to support their partners and were now part of the Shed's community.
"Our Shed's primary target group is older men aged over 60, but everyone is welcome to drop in at any time to have a look at what we do," he added.
"Call Willem on 0404 210 438 or Michael on 0410 561 163 and leave your name and number and we will get in touch with you, or just turn up at 243 Clyde Street in South Granville and say hello."
The Granville Men's Shed will also hold an Open House from April 7 to 14, from 9am to 3pm each day.

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Publication: Seniors | Section: News | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 135423 | Viewcount: 26004