Men’s Shed Mosman Park to equip women with tips and skills for home maintenance

Soon to be in class in the Men’s Shed are (l-r) shed supervisor George Greenwell, Haylie Clark and Carol Barrett. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d478847
Soon to be in class in the Men’s Shed are (l-r) shed supervisor George Greenwell, Haylie Clark and Carol Barrett. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d478847

WOMEN will tool up to be taught home maintenance for the first time in the hallowed male domain of the Men’s Shed in Mosman Park next month.

“These guys here at the shed represent every woman’s brother, father, uncle of grandfather who would have helped them,” maintenance student Haylie Clark (33) said.

Ms Clark said it would benefit women to be shown how to use the correct tools and techniques in the four afternoon classes organised by the shed to empower women.

Fellow student Carol Barrett (57) is looking forward to the post-class benefits.

“I’ll end up with the home maintenance skills so I don’t have to call an expensive tradie,” Ms Barrett said.

The hands-on lessons, taught by the predominantly older shed membership, will cover skills including tools and their uses, paintwork repairs, hanging paintings, leaks, windows and basic garden reticulation.

Shed overseer Mike Ansell said the classes were organised after frequent requests from women at the shed’s promotional days and exhibits, and after similar, one-off courses at the West Coast Community Centre at The Grove Library in Peppermint Grove.

“They’ll understand a little more how to do things, and won’t be scared about taking on a job and will be able to approach a domestic job with more confidence,” Mr Ansell said.

However, shed members are not about to hand over all their boys’ toys and precious man-space to women at the McCabe Street facility established to connect and provide companionship for men who may become socially isolated.

“Generally shed members don’t have a problem with women coming down and learning on a one-off session like this, but some have a problem with them being members. It’s a men’s shed, after all,” Mr Ansell said.

The course costs $50 and bookings can be made at www.mpms.org.au.

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