Huge support for Men’s Shed

Scott Smedley (Belmont Senior Football Club), Mark Romeo (Belmont Junior Football Club), Peta Healy (Redcliffe Junior Football Club), Paul McGrath (development officer Belmont Senior Football Club) and Rob Irving (Redcliffe Junior Football Club). d402670
Scott Smedley (Belmont Senior Football Club), Mark Romeo (Belmont Junior Football Club), Peta Healy (Redcliffe Junior Football Club), Paul McGrath (development officer Belmont Senior Football Club) and Rob Irving (Redcliffe Junior Football Club). d402670

About 70 people attended two consultations on May 22 to discuss the development of a Men’s Shed in the Belmont area, resulting in the formation of a committee of 13 members to plan the next stage.

Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey said the community response for a Men’s Shed in the area had been encouraging from the start.

‘What I can see from Men’s Sheds is that they are really flexible and each shed focuses on what is the most important thing for that group,’ Ms Godfrey said.

‘I think the most important thing is that it is the men who are there to help each other so that other members are comfortable in getting help.

‘It is a shed so tools and machinery are important resources, but personally I would say a cup of tea is a definite, because getting men to talk to each other is a big part of what Sheds are about.’

City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said Men’s Sheds targeted issues such as depression, isolation and other mental health issues that are often disregarded by men, which was common in Australian culture where men are reluctant to discuss emotions.

If you are interested in taking part in a Men’s Shed in the Belmont area, call 9477 7141 or email community.development@belmont.wa.gov.au.