Canning Men’s Shed desperately on lookout for new home

AT FRONT IN BLUE L-R: Don Buchanan (Canning Men's Shed president) and Eddie Holmes (Men's Shed Vice President and Founding President). Picture: David Baylis. d491773
AT FRONT IN BLUE L-R: Don Buchanan (Canning Men's Shed president) and Eddie Holmes (Men's Shed Vice President and Founding President). Picture: David Baylis. d491773

THE Canning Men’s Shed have launched a desperate public appeal as they scramble to find a new home by June.

After more than a decade at Riverton Baptist Community Church, the men’s shed are on the hunt for a new headquarters.

Founder and vice president Eddie Holmes said they had three months to find a new home before the church needed the space back and were desperate to find a new premises as soon as possible.

The Men’s Shed were initially only meant to use the space for five years, however the church allowed them to stay there for the entirety of the past decade.

“We’ve got to shift over all that machinery and timber and we want anyone who has a shed to help us out by June,” Mr Holmes said.

He said the shed’s creation played an important role in improving the mental health of older men and if it were to end, it would leave a hole in the lives of many of their members.

“There were a lot of men at a loose end, who didn’t know what to do with themselves and were getting depressed,” he said.

“We’ve got 54 members, but bench space for 10 and the reason a lot more don’t come is because there’s not a lot of accommodation for them.”

Canning Men’s Shed makes plea for more space

Riverton Baptist Community Church told The Canning Times they had been happy to provide the men’s shed with the space for the past decade, but needed the space for their own expanding use.

“The area currently used by the shed was originally earmarked for other activities including for our youth work, and we are now in a position to use the area for our own operational needs,” they said.

“We are hopeful that the men’s shed will find suitable and more spacious accommodation locally.”

If you are able to offer any workshop space to the Men’s Shed, please contact club secretary Ian Ross on 0412 914 896 or email canningmensshedsecretary@gmail.com.