Big plans for Balcatta men’s shed

Karrinyup Community Men's Shed members Norm Patison (Woodlands) and Tony Dilizia (Sorrento).  Photo: Martin Kennealey d493707
Karrinyup Community Men's Shed members Norm Patison (Woodlands) and Tony Dilizia (Sorrento). Photo: Martin Kennealey d493707

A BALCATTA-based men’s shed is on a mission to attract members.

Karrinyup Community Men’s Shed has gained 50 members in its inaugural year of operation but is hoping for another 30 people to join within the next six months.

The group established its Jedda Road facilities last June, after a two-and-a-half year search for a home.

The City of Stirling recently granted a five-year lease extension for the premises.

It is holding an open day on Friday, June 21 to celebrate its first anniversary and invite prospective members to view the shed.

The shed offers a variety of modern machines and tools to suit people with interest in woodworking, wood-turning, model-making, arts/crafts and gardening.

Member Jeff Crookes said they could accommodate most interests and there were no pre-requisite skills requirements.

“Membership of a shed is about feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, achieving personal enrichment, connecting with new friends and maintaining an active body and mind,” he said.

“Men’s sheds provides a safe and busy environment where men of all walks of life can discover new experiences in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.

“Most importantly, there is no managerial hierarchy, no production targets and no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa, if that is all they want.”

Mr Crookes said they also planned to create a learning workshop where members could learn or improve their internet skills.

Visit 6 Jedda Road, Balcatta on June 21 from 8.30am to 12.30pm or email kcmensshed@iinet.net.au.

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