Shed business

By UTE SCHULENBERG

DAN Guerke reckons the Nambucca Men's Shed is a godsend.

A carpenter by trade, Dan suffers from clinical depression and is on a pension.

Two years ago he joined the Shed's mentoring program to get himself out into the community.

Now he's there most days, helping other blokes and working on his own projects.

"I'm in fear of it closing ? it's become my way of life," Mr Guerke said.

Mr Guerke is one of 75 blokes, aged 14 to 75, who are part of the Shed.

But after five years successfully supporting men from all walks of life, with all sorts of needs, time is running out.

Shed co-ordinator Stuart Holmes said that, if no funding is forthcoming, the shed will close in June.

"We have developed an holistic approach here that works," Mr Holmes said.

"We have everyone from men needing corrective services placements to high school kids at risk, to Work for the Dole placements and TAFE traineeships.

"This (rich resource) evolved from an initial project to relieve the social isolation of older retired blokes through the Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care.

"The problem is that the different requirements of all the different individuals are met by different government agencies and each will only fund their bits."

Mr Holmes said the government agencies don't seem to know how to work interdepartmentally.

Six months of lobbying and trying to overcome this has still produced no funds.

Anyone wanting to help can phone the Shed on 6568 5090 or Nambucca Valley Community Services, 6568 2522.



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