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The Facts – Gender Diversity in Men’s Sheds

Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association has issued a public letter regarding gender diversity in Men’s Sheds.

You may have heard recent discussions on radio about gender diversity within men’s sheds. Unfortunately, the information propagated was incorrect and has led to misleading conjecture and information being disseminate amongst sheds and the general public.

The full document is available to view here.

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Presidents Gathering Launceston

March 2019

A very successful Presidents Gathering was held in March 2019. Twenty-six representatives of existing Men’s Sheds and two guest representatives from a proposed new shed met together at ‘The Shed’ in Rocherlea (northern Tasmania) for discussion and a barbeque lunch.

Attendees shared information about how each of their Sheds operated; talking about their activities, structure, membership, and future direction.  Discussions were held on topics such as the policies and procedures some sheds have in place to deal with day-to-day governance issues, health and safety, conflict resolution, gender inclusion and treasurer tasks. Also discussed was the desire for more co-operation between sheds in resource sharing; such as information sharing or the opportunity for each shed being able to utilise the machinery and/or expertise of other sheds.

Guest speaker, Lawrence from Tasmen, gave an informative and well received talk on the role that Tasmen undertakes in relation to Men’s Health. Tasmen conduct an annual gathering held over the three day March long weekend at which men are encouraged to free themselves from some of their ‘baggage’ and to become more contented and happier individuals. Some men find this life changing whilst for others it is simply enriching.

Happier men make for a happier community.

The 28 attendees represented nearly 400 members across 15 Sheds. All attendees acknowledged the benefit they gained from the discussions and expressed their desire for another Presidents Gathering in the future.

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Media Release – Tasmanian Men’s Sheds Tackle Men’s Health Head On

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.

Howrah Men’s Shed, Tasmania

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