Yarra Men's Shed
Playing music, set building and community gardening are all in a day’s work for members of Yarra’s Men’s Shed, which opened in Collingwood in June 2011.
The shed provides a place for local men to drop in, learn new skills, build friendships, and get involved in community life.
Council contributed $50,000 to get the shed up and running, with support also coming from North Yarra Community Health, Office of Housing, Department of Human Services, Neighbourhood Justice Centre and Collingwood Neighbourhood House.
The shed already has about 30 members, who range in age from people in their seventies to people in their twenties. With the shed not being exclusive to men, a few women have also joined.
According to Shed Coordinator Phil Hall (pictured above right with Shed Secretary Nick Arnott), the space “offers a welcoming and informal environment where people can share their skills and their stories. We not only want to help each other, but we also want to help the broader community”.
The shed is reaping wider benefits, with members restoring the cow sculpture at the Richmond Housing Estate, and providing support for events such as the Moon Lantern Festival and Harmony Day.
At the suggestion of residents, the shed’s activities may be expanded to include computer lessons, cooking programs, and English as a second language classes.
The Men’s Shed is located in Hoddle Street, next door to Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and operates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To join or find out more, contact Phil Hall on 9417 4856.
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