About Us 

Hobson's Bay Men's Shed has about 250 members. Contact the Men's Shed on 9398 2383 or  secretary.hobsonsnet@gmail.com regarding our activity groups. Our opening hours are 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are located at 280 Queen St Altona.

The term Men's Shed refers to a location where men can meet and to the concept of a space where men talk, share skills, swap ideas, solve problems or just discuss life in general.

 " Dad and I always talked in his shed. The Shed here is replicating that

   environment where we can comfortably talk while we tinker around"


While the idea behind Men's Shed is an Australian initiative it has influenced similar movements in locations as diverse as England, New Zealand, North America

Japan and Ireland.  The term Men's Shed refers to a location where men can meet and to the concept of a space where men talk, share skills, swap ideas, solve problems or just discuss life in general.

Activities within sheds can include mentoring young people, woodwork, metal work, car restoration, boat-building or providing services to the community for, as an example, people with dementia.

Sheds are about men retaining self esteem, feeling useful, contributing to their communities and having a meaningful purpose in life. Men's Sheds help prevent social isolation and the associated boredom and depression.

More than 300 men's sheds exist around Australia. A particular focus of men's sheds is to provide support for retired men who, having left the workplace, also lose a social network.  The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' M5 Project, which focuses on the maintenance of men's physical and mental wellbeing is firmly behind the Men's Shed movement.

The Australian Men's Shed Association was formed 18 years ago and has since gone global  

"Want to know more?"         Australian Men's Shed Association    

Gus' Story

Within a month of the Shed's opening and following contact with a regional mental health unit a counsellor introduced us to Gus.  We were informed he was uncommunicative. During that first visit he contributed not a word to any conversation. 

We wondered if we would ever see him again but the following week he arrived by himself, spent the day with us and joined in the full activities of the shed

I telephoned the counsellor that evening to ask if he had sent the same person because the Gus of that day wouldn't stop talking. He talked freely and volubly with anyone that would listen about his past and the day's news.

The counsellor said "You've simply let the cork out of the bottle".  Gus is still with us and is one of the most enthusiastic members.

Compliments of  The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.   


Hobson's Bay Men's Shed Network Incorporated. Inc No A0052699G ABN 49 347 062 360.



 














 


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