Heavy metal: new equipment for Men’s Shed

John Polak getting busy on the tools at the Eden Men’s Shed in December 2012.

John Polak getting busy on the tools at the Eden Men’s Shed in December 2012.

The Eden Men’s Shed will soon be home to a new metal lathe milling machine, which will form part of its new metal work area.

Men’s Shed president Jack Dickenson says the new equipment creates another opportunity for members of the community to learn new skills and get together in a social setting.

“We’re very pleased to be getting it, and it’s another great addition to our Men’s Shed,” Jack said.

“It’s another chance for the guys to come together and learn, which is what the Men’s Shed is all about really.”

Mr Dickenson said the activities offered at the shed, which include various woodwork projects, games of cards and pool, or just a cuppa and a chat, have both health and social benefits for members.

“It’s also as much a health aid as it is a social benefit.

“One of the worst afflictions among older people is loneliness, and through the Men’s Shed we’re able to all get together and have a bit of fun, while those of us who choose to can work on a few projects.”

The new metal work equipment will be funded by a $2000 Federal Government grant, as part of the National Shed Development Programme.

Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Peter Hendy, said the Wallaga Lake and Batemans Bay Men’s Sheds will also receive grants.

“Community men’s sheds largely cater for older, retired men and offer social, emotional and other benefits to men who participate in them,” Dr Hendy said.

“It is also the environment that is conductive to learning and sharing information, including health information and social support.”

Members of the Eden Men’s Shed meet at 21A Maling Street around 9am on Wednesdays and Fridays.

For further information, phone Jack on 0407 963 036.

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