MEN at risk of becoming socially isolated are being targeted by a new initiative at the Rise Network’s Talus Social program in Mt Richon.
Program co-ordinator Tony Phipps said they had decided to start up their own men’s shed after noticing the Mt Richon centre, which provides a range of activities for seniors, had few programs tailored specifically to men.
He said the new shed was a safe place where men could meet, socialise and work on special projects.
“Our social program in Armadale is mixed gender, however we got some feedback that a men’s program would provide a good opportunity to increase men’s health,” he said.
“We were able to use some existing facilities at our Armadale site to give the men’s shed their own home.
“It took around three months for us to be operational and we are proud of the facilities on offer for our new group.
“We will work with clients to build self esteem and friendships and decreasing isolation and our guests will have a choice of board and card games, painting, pyrography, gardening, small wood working projects, outings to various locations and guest speakers.”
The program is open to locals who are eligible for home care services (HACC).
For more information on the men’s shed at Rise call 6274 3700.