Victor Harbor Men’s Shed roars to life

Planning, hard work and perseverance has meant a new Men's Shed is open on the Fleurieu. Photo: File.
Planning, hard work and perseverance has meant a new Men's Shed is open on the Fleurieu. Photo: File.

After several years of planning, hard work and perseverance the Victor Harbor Men’s Shed is up and ready for regular use.

Project manager Dennis Williams is delighted that is all is ready, set, go.

“We are no longer a building site. Grants have been completed and a certificate of occupancy has been received,” he said.

The Victor Harbor Men’s Shed, under the auspices of Adare Uniting Church, has operated out of Encounter Centre on Friday mornings since 2012.

With a vision and a driven purpose, the support of many and the writing of many grant applications the shed has become a reality.

The site in Martha Close became available in 2016 and momentum for the shed grew from then.

Dennis acknowledged and thanked Lesley Stevens and Neil Pontifex of Adare Uniting Church Council for their amazing contributions.

Peter Manuel congregation chairman thanked Dennis for all of his hard work.

The shed will provide not only workshops, with machinery where individual and group projects can occur, but meals, overall support and friendship for men.

Basic cooking classes will be held, special workshops will be run, and guest speakers discussing men’s health issues will make visits.

Initially it will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Fridays a meal is available at $7. Cost for attending men’s shed are $7 for first visit of the week and $3 for each subsequent visit in same week.

“The Victor Harbor Men’s Shed has been established as a regional men’s health initiative,” Dennis said.

“It provides a meeting place for men.”

Men can come to work on their own project, join in community projects, have a chat with somene new, or have time for fellowship.

Members of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life, according to the Australian Men’s Shed Association.

“The bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and would like something meaningful to do with that time,” their website says.

“Men are welcome to work on community projects, specific Men’s Shed projects or a project of their choice in their own time and where the only ‘must’ is to observe safe working practices.

“Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure.”

The Men’s Shed movement has now become one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and wellbeing and helping men to once again become valued and productive members of our community.

For more information, call Dennis Williams on 0413 006 307 or Allan on 0414 470 223, visit www.adarechurch.com.au or call 8552 8377.

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