Handy-women make case for Stirling shed

Chloe King and Michelle Gale at a women’s shed workshop with Stirling Councillor Elizabeth Re and Stirling Community Men’s Shed members David Blaby and Ashley Moon.
Chloe King and Michelle Gale at a women’s shed workshop with Stirling Councillor Elizabeth Re and Stirling Community Men’s Shed members David Blaby and Ashley Moon.

A SERIES of sold out workshops could see Stirling become home to the first women’s shed in central Perth.

The City of Stirling has launched a 12-month pilot program teaching DIY skills to women at Innaloo Sportsmen’s Club.

A report to council in September recommended the year-long pilot to gauge the need for a women’s shed.

The first workshop ran on February 6 and continues fortnightly on Thursdays during school terms, with all but one of the sessions until the end of June sold out.

Skills covered include basic plumbing, child proofing furniture, car maintenance and plastering.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the initiative enabled women to learn new skills while boosting confidence and independence.

“The response to the women’s shed classes has been very positive with the first set of workshops already at capacity showing the demand by women to learn and take charge of traditional handiwork,” he said.

The City’s report said there were two known women’s sheds in Perth, the North Coastal Women’s Shed in Merriwa and Ellenbrook Women’s Shed.

The Women Working with Wood Association operates from the Stirling Community Men’s Shed weekly but focuses on items such as candleholders and jewellery boxes.

If a permanent women’s shed is established, it would operate independently of the City.