Shed funds on men

IT'S a vital community resource which needs ongoing support to stay open.

The Coffs Harbour Men's Shed, which had a successful open day on Saturday, is approaching two years of service and welcomes new participants to join the activities.

Men's shed manager Peter Murphy hopes the organisation can source funds from all levels of government and from community partnerships to stay viable.

“The shed continues to go from strength to strength with the support of local businesses and community members,” Mr Murphy said.

“The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour joined forces with Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services to establish a shed in the area – that establishment is now complete and we need broader community support to build on these strong foundations.

“They key to our survival is to acquire land and build our own shed that will secure our long-term future.

“Our rent is $25,000 annually and we receive no funding for that and we've got operating expenses of $50,000 to $60,000 a year and get no funding for that either.”

Mr Murphy said the shed offered the chance to learn new skills, share existing skills, engage in constructive activity and enjoy the company of other like-minded men.

“We have 25 guys a day at the shed. It's a real preventative health measure,” he said.

The shed promotes men's health and well-being; helps overcome isolation, loneliness and depression; helps the disadvantaged and community in general; retrains and passes on traditional skills; helps men learn technical and life skills and make and repair wood products; and develops mateship.

“We are happy to take on small jobs for local community groups or the general public,” Mr Murphy said. “All work is carried out by our participants in the shed utilising donated materials that would have otherwise ended up at the tip.”

The shed is at 22 to 24 Marcia St and is open 8.30am to 3.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.



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