THE value of men’s sheds to communites across Australia is being celebrated this week, with Dubbo to join in the party from today.
As part of Men’s Shed Week, the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is having promotions and information sessions in towns and cities throughout the nation, and on Thursday afternoon from 3pm Member for Parkes Mark Coulton will join state president Bill Clifford and members of the Dubbo shed for a celebration.
Mr Coulton is not only a member of parliament, he is also an ambassador and patron for the AMSA, and his appearance with Mr Clifford will kick start a busy few days for the Dubbo members.
An information session will be held from 10am to 2pm on Friday at Delroy Woolworths, while the doors to the shed will be thrown open on Saturday from 10am to 3pm for people to have a look at what goes on inside.
“These men’s sheds have made a real difference to towns in my electorate and I’m lucky enough to see that on quite a regular basis on my travels,” Mr Coulton said.
“The beauty of being part of one of the sheds is that it can be whatever you want it to be. If you’re handy you can sit with some blokes and make a scale model of the Titanic out of matchsticks if you want.
“Other people use it as a chance to sit down and have a cup of tea, a biscuit and a chat with other men.”
Since mens sheds started to appear back in 2007, they have grown exponentially and Mr Coulton said the benefits were there to be seen both at a community level and also for the members themselves.
“I know with the Dubbo shed they have the skate park next door and some of the guys there have helped the younger generation fix their skateboards or just give them an ear to vent to if they need it,” he said.
“In Warialda, which isn’t an overly big town and you’d imagine most people would know each other, I know of a case where two guys turned up there who had never met before and they became good mates.
“So as well as being there to do handy jobs for the community, there is also that social wellbeing aspect for the members themselves.”
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