Yarra Men's Shed
Woodwork, gardening and participating in community projects are just some of the activities enjoyed by people who attend Yarra Men’s Shed.
The shed opened in 2011 and provides a place for local men to get together in a safe and friendly environment where they can learn new skills, build friendships and get involved in community life.
About 30 men, and a few women, aged in their twenties through to their nineties, meet at the shed and work on projects at their own pace. They come from culturally diverse backgrounds and have the opportunity to become involved in two or three community projects a term and have access to a woodwork shed to work on small projects.
Recent community projects have included working with Oxfam to assemble a three metre Trojan Goat to be used for promotional purposes, designing and installing a ‘Little Free Library’ for the Holden Street Neighbourhood House and building stages used at various community festivals.
The Yarra Men’s Shed is supported financially by Council, the Office of Housing, Collingwood and Collingwood Neighbourhood House.
Executive Committee Member Kevin Shea says: “Men's Sheds are places where men can get together, work on projects to help their local community and at the same time talk over their problems. Secretary Richard de Kleyn says: ”The space provides an opportunity for members, community organisations and residents from the broader Yarra community to be welcomed, feel connected and participate in great initiatives and activities.
Yarra Men’s Shed is located in Hoddle Street, next door to Collingwood Neighbourhood House and operates from Monday to Thursday from 9.30am – 1pm. To join or find out more, contact Richard de Kleyn during operating hours at 9417 4856
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