Columns
10 years on Image

10 years on

Melbourne Bike Share becomes Docklands Bike Share
Read more >>

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree
Read more >>

Chamber update Image

Chamber update

Coming out of COVID-19
Read more >>

Docklander Image

Docklander

Moving across the world for Docklands
Read more >>

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Conflicting speeds
Read more >>

Chinese

滨海港区 预算菲薄
Read more >>

Critic

A killer in Docklands
Read more >>

Owners' Corporation Management

Performance-based alternative solutions the key to cheaper cladding replacement costs
Read more >>

Fashion Image

Fashion

Top five street style trends
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Warming up before exercise – why you really need to
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

What I hate about Docklands
Read more >>

History

(A sailor’s) Home is where the Hearth is
Read more >>

Business Image

Business

Anchor up at Yarra’s Edge’s newest cafe
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Keeping the lights on during COVID-19
Read more >>

Maritime

Two steps forward and one step back
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Ty the adorable rescue
Read more >>

SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

Coming out of COVID-19 with a silver lining
Read more >>

Precinct Perspectives

Getting through COVID-19
Read more >>

State MP

After COVID-19: do we want to go back to “normal”?
Read more >>

Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
Read more >>

Sustainability

How fast is fast fashion?
Read more >>

The District

Eat your way through our most delicious hot spots
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Short-stays in the aftermath of COVID-19
Read more >>

Editions
August 09 Edition Cover

Men’s Shed is looking for new members

31 Jan 2019

Men’s Shed is looking for new members Image

Melbourne Men’s Shed in its sixth year is recruiting new members and is also keen to attract more women.

The shed, located in the car park basement of Federation Square, has 70 members but less than 10 women.

Chairman Andrew Stefanetti told CBD News the organisation’s facilities were open to the whole community.

He said “shedders” had been busy filling an order book for wooden toys. These ranged from cars, trucks and tops to old-fashioned horses on wheels attached to a push stick.

Eight shedders at Christmas donated a batch of more than 30 toys to the Royal Children’s Hospital. Those children who couldn’t go home picked their favourite.

Apart from toys, the shedders fill requests such as possum nesting boxes to lure possums out of home owners’ roof spaces. The Bureau of Meteorology wanted its 90-year-old cedar boxes used to house delicate outdoor instruments repaired and refurbished. The renewed boxes are preferred to newer commercial ones.

Another job was a table with adjustable height for standing and sitting, for a wheelchair-bound person. Tailor-made wooden storage bins for kindergartens, schools and sport clubs were also in demand, Mr Stefanetti said.

Shedders enjoy their teamwork and being taught skills by volunteer experts on top-flight equipment.

“The shed gives members a purpose and provides camaraderie,” Mr Stefanetti said. “Men often lose their social network after retirement or illness.”

The shed also runs cooking classes on commercial equipment, resulting in popular lunchtime get togethers. There’s a walking group approved by the Heart Foundation, and computer and photography classes.

It’s the only CBD-based shed in Australia. Charity work is free but jobs-to-order are charged for.

For more information on joining the Melbourne Men’s Shed, visit www.melbournemensshed.org

Share on Facebook

Stay in touch with Docklands. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Docklands News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.