Your Helensburgh Men’s Shed has moved to199A Parkes Street in the ‘Burgh, a rented, light-industrial factory, where we continue our aim to improve men’s mental, physical and spiritual health and give men a safe place to be themselves.
That’s great, isn’t it? Yes, and no. We outgrew the generously provided Anglican Hall in Stanwell Park. As we’ve moved and set up our new facility in town, we realise it too is temporary. The Shed has 30 members now, and with some 900 men aged between 55 and 79 in the 2508 area, this number will grow! (younger blokes are very welcome)
Here’s a little of how your Men’s Shed serves the community:
Members’ families often tell us of the benefits for their loved ones, of how the Shed gives them a sense of belonging. We provide guest speakers during Shed days to speak on men’s health issues, and free Senior Men’s Exercise and Fall Prevention Classes. We help men with their personal projects, to help them turn a perhaps long-desired wood or metal dream into a reality.
The HMS helps with community projects: stage items for S.P.A.T, RSL ANZAC Day awards for our four local schools, an Honour Board for Helensburgh RFS, play equipment for local preschools, Little Libraries for kids reading, we're repairing a flagpole for Stanny Surf Life Saving, and fauna boxes for local environmental groups. It's satisfying serving you this way.
The Shed also supports local organisations such as the Lions Club, N.I.N.A, the C.W.A’s Festival of Flight, the Bulli Wood Festival, Mates in Construction, Beyond Blue and Farm Aid drought relief. And without impacting local businesses we provide free or at-cost small projects for community members who need a hand. Plus we Restore, Recover, Re-use, Recycle, Re-purpose, Re-imagine.
Your Shed is here for you, and we want it to be for years to come.
That's why we’ve detailed a Proposal to both major parties in the State elections, Sharon Bird the Federal Member, Leigh Colacino and the Ward 1 Aldermen and the Lord Mayor seeking their commitment, funding and help to get a long-term lease over Crown Land in Helensburgh, so we can build a permanent Men’s Shed, and in the future a Community Garden, Women’s Shed, First Nations Dreaming Place and other community facilities.
We have wonderful support for this Proposal from local doctors, churches, businesses, NGO’s, and charities, who’ve seen first-hand the positive difference Helensburgh Men’s Shed makes in the lives of men, and their families.
With your help we'll stick at it and keep on serving you.
The Helensburgh Men’s Shed
199A Parkes Street Helensburgh
Open Mondays and Tuesdays 9-3,
(other days to come).
Michael Croft 0413401522
Ron Balderston 0410564752