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Why we need Merridin Men's Shed
10 Oct 2012
Description

Merredin Community Men’s Shed was formed in June 2010. The aim was always to work towards and finally build a new shed in which to conduct their activities and planned programmes.

The plan has been to have a large work space for restoration and instruction and also a smaller leisure area.

Planned programmes would involve the youth, and a target group of local residents, who the members felt would benefit by their involvement with a Men’s Shed group. These may be unemployed or part time workers and other groups who might benefit from interaction with other people in the same circumstances.

Importantly, the emergence of men/members suffering dementia or similar illness who could come and spend some hours with a Men’s Shed group has become a priority. In Merredin there are no day care facilities to give carers a break and some precious “time out”.

Our men’s Shed could be the answer for some respite if only for a few hours a week.

Visiting Men’s Shed members from other areas in Western Australia or interstate could also join in activities when in town and offer different ideas or just spend time with our men.

With these aims in mind, the members themselves have worked on a large number of handyman projects to raise money towards their own project.

In some ways they have become the older man’s version of Apex, where they have worked voluntarily when the person or organisation is in need of assistance and cannot afford to pay professionals to do the jobs required.

In addition they have continued to collect and restore vintage machinery for later display as a tourist attraction in and around the shed. They have also been gathering equipment which will slot comfortably into the new shed building.

An exciting venture this year was to be able to seed and hopefully harvest a crop that we would make a profit on, to put towards our new shed building project.

A 50 acre block owned by the shire came up for tender, so Merredin Men’s Shed was fortunate to be given the opportunity to use this land for their cropping purposes.

Plans were put in place and seed, fertilizer, spraying , chemicals, machinery, insurance cover and agronomic advice were sought.

Bearing in mind that Merredin has had four or five years of drought and poor seasons, the Merredin business community members were amazing in their generosity to the Men’s Shed, with their donations in time or kind towards our crop.

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Health Rural/Regional disability mental health social enterprise volunteering
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