10 June 2019
Tasmanian Men’s Sheds play a critical role in the health and well-being of more than 2,000 men throughout Tasmania. While many members of our communities are aware of Men’s Sheds and what they provide in the way of support to their communities, Men’s Health Week is an opportunity for Tasmanian Men’s Sheds Association (TMSA) to share the major health benefits that Shed life also provides.
With 60 Shed’s throughout Tasmania, each Shed is different. The work that comes from the Sheds is quite extraordinary. Finely crafted woodwork, metal work, welding, blacksmithing, stone masonry are just a small snapshot of what you will find in our Sheds. Sheds are also very active in community life, lending a hand when it’s needed, assisting with community fundraising and passing on skills to younger generations. Sheds are also becoming a popular way for those moving into a new community to connect and make friends.
But without doubt, the most important part of Shed life is that of social inclusion. As we constantly hear, loneliness is now at epidemic proportions, which can result in serious mental health issues. Our members feel included, they have purpose and they have mates. Shed members are very much aware of the importance of ‘looking out’ for each other. Many men find that after retirement they have more time on their hands than they expected and they miss the interaction they enjoyed throughout working life – Shed life helps with this transition.
Shed’s offer a comfortable, friendly environment with no pressure or commitment required, where men can visit as often or as little as they choose. Sit by the fire with a cuppa and a chat, work in the community garden, or straight into the workshop.
TMSA President Mike Dennis said:
‘Demand for Sheds especially in regional Tasmania continues to increase. As an organisation we are well aware of the incredible contribution our Sheds make to their communities in many ways, but most importantly in providing men with purpose and friendship.
In the next few months Tasmanians will see a number of Health initiatives that we are currently working on that will not only benefit our members but their wider communities’.
If you would like to find out more about TMSA or locate a Shed near you, visit our website.
Available for Interview:
- President Mike Dennis (Mobile 0447 120 396)
- Executive Officer Wendy Kennedy (Mobile 0438 100 446)
Note: Shed visits and photo opportunities can be organised