What is a Men’s Shed you ask? Men’s Sheds are welcoming, supportive places for friendship and fun. They provide opportunities for men to socialize, take part in activities, and learn something new. They are places where members can be themselves.
Beacon Heights Community League hosts a Men’s Shed every Wednesday from 7PM – 9PM at the Jubilee Park rink shack. We are looking for (more than) a few good men to join the ten or so members of our very own Men’s Shed.
A quick history
Men’s Sheds originated in Australia in the late 1970s and officially started in the late 1990s. It started in response to growing unemployment. Men often associate being employed with a sense of value and worth, so Men’s Sheds provided a way to help men continue to be involved and productive. It also gave them a chance to share their skills or learn new ones, establish social support networks, and stay healthy. Since then, Men’s Sheds has spread to many other parts of the world.
Men’s Sheds are
- A gathering place for men of purpose. And others.
- Usually involving a work space. For those who don’t have one or have had to give theirs up.
- Productive. Maybe.
- A place to change the world. Definitely.
- A helping hand. You bet.
Men’s Sheds are not
- A formal training program. But you may gain some knowledge and skills.
- A sports club. But you may play sports.
- A health program. But your health and well-being may improve.
- An information service. But you may ask questions.
- A service for men. But you might be of service to others or get advice and support from time to time.
This information is courtesy of the Men’s Sheds Association of Canada Website. We will be posting more information on our website soon.