Bayswater Community Men’s Shed to open on Tuesday

Bayswater Community Men’s Shed to open on Tuesday

BAYSWATER Community Men’s Shed will officially open its doors next Tuesday, providing a space for local blokes to tinker and talk.

City of Bayswater contributed $130,000 towards building works to convert the Raymond Street storage facility behind the City’s rangers and security office, and offered the group a peppercorn lease.

Secretary Harry Porrins said it would start out as social club and open a couple times a week, moving towards a working shed as equipment and tools were installed in the coming months.

“One of the biggest problems (for men) is loneliness and isolation,” he said.

“The shed is about the social aspect, as well as the work.”

Mr Porrins said the Shed would work on personal and community projects, such as helping Bayswater-based domestic violence service Starting Over Support or restoring a Maylands war memorial.

He said the process of opening the premises had been quick, as the group only became incorporated last year and made a formal application to council last November.

The building features a toilet, kitchen, office, coffee station, and machine and workbench space, and the group would look at extending the mezzanine floor long-term.

The group aimed to use the office to teach older men how to use technology like mobiles and computers.

Mayor Barry McKenna said men’s sheds were “wonderful” as they provided men with a place to connect in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

“The new Bayswater Community Men’s Shed will provide men with an opportunity to be involved in a range of hands on projects such as fixing bicycles and undertaking woodwork projects in addition to projects that directly benefit the community,” he said.