Kelmscott Men’s Shed help scooter project


Pamela Smith tries out the new scooter, with Ray Ferguson, Jeff Williams, Ken Preedy and Stacey Dowding.
Pamela Smith tries out the new scooter, with Ray Ferguson, Jeff Williams, Ken Preedy and Stacey Dowding.

ZIPPING around the village is a breeze after some lucky Armadale residents were gifted a new set of wheels.

The Kelmscott Men’s Shed has just donated an electric scooter to Dale Cottages.

Men’s Shed co-ordinator Jeff Williams said it was wonderful to make a difference in the community.

“It’s great, because there’s nothing finer than seeing a smile on someone’s face. From my view, that’s what it’s all about,” Mr Williams said.

A web of community connections brought the scooter to its new home.

“It’s six degrees of separation,” Mr Williams said.

The scooter was donated to Crossways, who passed it on to their associated Men’s Shed.

Mr Williams and fellow members then set about restoring it to tip-top condition.

A call to Armadale’s Battery World put Mr Williams in touch with Ken Preedy, who donated two batteries to get the scooter going again like new.

The scooter now needed a new home, and after contacting Seasons Funerals, who hold musical performances and sing-alongs in nursing homes, Mr Williams was put in touch with Dale Cottages’ Stacey Dowding.

Mr Williams said the Kelmscott Men’s Shed was always happy to assist with items that locals think may help their community – donations go through the op shop at Crossways, then get repaired by the Men’s Shed.

With projects constantly on the go, the Men’s Shed is also looking for more volunteers, who enjoy mental and physical benefits on top of helping their community.

“Essentially, the Men’s Shed was introduced for men’s health. Because if you have someone who’s with other people, enjoying themselves, their physical wellbeing is monitored by other people there,” he said.

Call 9390 0900 or email MensShed@crossways.org.au.

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