Mateship strong at Shed

Northern Men’s Shed secretary John Corbett, Bendigo Bank branch manager Bita Shams and director Bill Meredith, Northern Men’s Shed chairman John Norman and Bendigo Bank board director Anne Williams. Picture: Emma Goodwin         www.communitypix.com.au   d435072
Northern Men’s Shed secretary John Corbett, Bendigo Bank branch manager Bita Shams and director Bill Meredith, Northern Men’s Shed chairman John Norman and Bendigo Bank board director Anne Williams. Picture: Emma Goodwin        www.communitypix.com.au d435072

Chairman John Norman said the main aim of the group, which currently has 20 members, was developing �mateship�.

�We observe each other�s health and wellbeing as well as providing support for each other,� Mr Norman said.

He said the idea for the shed had begun with a conversation between Gill Durham and John Corbett, who had a common interest in woodworking and men�s welfare.

�After many conversations and meetings, a small steering committee was formed in early 2011, resulting in the Northern Men�s Shed officially opening on 12 November, 2011,� Mr Norman said.

He said the premises was a fully equipped woodworking and joinery shop where they made a number of items including model cars, dump trucks, chopping boards and stools.

�As well as general woodworking, we carry out wood turning and intarsia,� he said.

He said they were involved with community and local government bodies, including Marangaroo aged care facility Juniper John Bryant, the Wanneroo Museum and the City of Joondalup.

�Importantly, we also make things for ourselves,� he said.

�The benefit of these activities are learning new skills from others and then becoming proficient in those skills.

�Our activities are designed to promote social interaction, which in turn creates a happy and jovial environment.�

He said the shed, which was mostly funded by the owners of the unit, Helen and Gill Durham, was also supported by local businesses.

On Monday, Kingsway Financial Services donated $1000 towards a defibrillator.

�We consider this item to be very important, as nearly all of us are retired,� he said.

�This equipment will provide us with the next best thing to professional help should we need to use it.�

For more information about the shed, at unit 3/50 Paramount Drive, call Mr Norman on 0417 849 509.