Belmont Men’s Shed providing an important place and service for retirees


Belmont Men’s Shed’s Brian Carey, Barry Viner and Vern Davies at the Robinson Avenue shed last week.
Belmont Men’s Shed providing an important place and service for retirees
Belmont Men’s Shed’s Brian Carey, Barry Viner and Vern Davies at the Robinson Avenue shed last week.

BELMONT Men’s Shed is providing an important place for men to meet and keep active in their retirement, according to the group’s chairman Brian Carey.

The shed was officially opened in February and since then volunteers have been busy fitting out different sections, including a woodwork section, vegetable garden and bike repair room.

It also has an office, meeting room, library, computer room, metalwork section and a kitchen.

“Some people might just want to come for a cup of coffee,” he said.

“You might arrive here at 8.30am and someone’s got the kettle on.

“There were 17 of us yesterday sitting around the table and that was very important.”

The shed has about 60 financial members working hard to raise funds to help keep the organisation going, including holding sausage sizzles and welcoming buyers and collecting donations at Belmont Forum community markets.

It recently received a grant from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program, which was presented to them by Swan MHR Steve Irons for equipment including a MIG welder, work benches, dust extractor and compressor.

Mr Carey said lots of people and organisations had provided furniture and equipment, valued at about $40,000, to help get the shed established.

“It has been great to receive the donations of goods from other Men’s Sheds, individuals and companies,” he said.

“The generosity in the community never ceases to amazes me.”

The group is also applying for a grant to obtain a rainwater tank, soil and a shade house for its garden area.

He said the main aim of the shed was to provide a meeting place for men and for them to socialise and enjoy each other’s company.

They can either pursue their interests individually or work on group projects for local organisations ranging from retirement homes to local schools.

Committee member Vern Davies said he got involved with the shed after he retired and found he needed to keep busy.

“Keeping your brain working is the important thing,” he said.

“Even though it’s a lot of work, it’s a fantastic job because you are helping other people as well as yourself.”

Mr Carey said the provision of the facility would not have been possible without the generous support of the City of Belmont, which provides rental assistance and funding for the acquisition of computers.