What is a Men’s Shed? It’s can be many things…
A Men’s Shed is usually located in a building. But not necessarily.
A Men’s Shed usually involves some physical activity, especially work done with the hands. But it may be simply a social gathering.
A Men’s Shed is a group of men who enjoy each other’s company and are willing to become mates.
A Men’s Shed is a self-managed; it’s members decide its activities, so every Shed is different, according to what suits its members.
A Men’s Shed is not a community service, but it will usually provide and support community services.
A Men’s Shed is not a health program but participation will usually deliver well-being benefits.
A Men’s Shed is not an educational institution but men who attend can continue to learn – and to teach.
A Men’s Shed is not a program – attendance cannot be prescribed – but participation will improve people’s lives.
A Men’s Shed in its essence is a group of men meeting together because spending time with other men is good and valuable.
A Men’s Shed is a not for profit, community organisation owned and run by its members.
A Men’s Shed does not promote particular religious or political views, but it does not tolerate racism, sexism, bullying, social exclusion or denigration.
A Men’s Shed respects and supports women in all their roles.
A Men’s Shed is open and welcoming to men of all ages.
A Men’s Shed may choose to have only male members or it may have female participants in some or all situations; each Shed has the right to make these decisions individually and Mensheds Australia will support them in that decision.