Wood and Hammers at the Shed

December 2, 2015

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The little tackers certainly enjoyed making their tool boxes at the opening of the Ferntree Gully Community Mens Shed last Friday evening (November 28). The hammers only stopped briefly for a sausage to be eaten and when the speeches began the more formal part of the evening. It was wonderful to see all the men, and women, helping the children as they worked on their projects.

Around 30 men, women and children attended the official opening of The Shed, many were Interchange members but there was also a smattering of men from the local community. Stuart Weston, who has been a driving force behind the project getting off the ground, spoke about The Shed being a place of friendship where men would feel not only welcome but also supported and how important this is in today’s society. Ray Alexander, who will be the workshop manager then introduced The Shed’s committee and the President of the Victorian Mens Shed Association, Phil Keily, who had also come along to the opening.

On the following Sunday, Shed members had their first activity when they set up a workshop area at the FaPMI (Families where Parents have a Mental Illness) Family Day with small projects for people to make. Stuart reported it was a huge success with many inquiries about, and much support for, their Community Mens Shed.

Given the time of year now, it is envisaged the Shed will be fully operational in early February 2016.

For more information please contact Erin Weegberg on 03 9758 5522 or erin.weegberg@ioe.org.au

The Ferntree Gully Community Mens Shed has been made possible through an Australia Post Community Grant.

by Sandra Leehy

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