What is a men's shed?
Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the well-being and health of their male members.
Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind. Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.
Our Shed's History
The Men’s Shed was started in 2011 at the President's (David Westlake) house for 3 months. Then the manager of the Wynnum Manly Free Legal Service let us use her office for 3 months for our weekly meeting.
Then on the 6th December 2011 the state government gave us a lease for under the old Wynnum Central State School and this was the day when we received the keys. The shed started with only 6 members but the numbers grew by word of mouth to 130 members from a wide range of backgrounds and ranging in age from late 20s to 90s.
Our official opening was on 12th December 2012 and we were honoured to have our National Patron Tim Mathieson officiate on the day.
This early stage of the shed was spent fundraising and helping the elderly in the community with small jobs, the members were well supported by the local community, with Masters Home Improvements, Tingalpa donating a 7 X 4 trailer, which came in very handy.
In October 2014 Council asked us to leave our site in the old Wynnum Central School so they could carry out renovations, and our numbers dwindled to 60 members at this time. Since then we have not had a physical shed, and have been meeting weekly at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, whose generosity in providing us with a long-term temporary home is gratefully appreciated! Our numbers have increased to 80 members with the comradery and support for each other among these men.
2015 was a great year for community involvement, and a lot of fundraising. We were happy to raise funds for the Western QLD Drought Relief Fund, with support from the Golden Crust Bakery in the Manly Mall, which we forwarded to the fund organized by the Charleville Rotary Club. We also made contributions to the Black Dog Foundation. Two of our members also played Santa in the Leagues Club and Masters, donating the proceeds to Mater Little Miracles. Our crew also built a fence for BABI Youth & Family Service, keeping their kids from wandering into the road, and gave a hand to the Kettle Appeal around Christmas time. We also worked with our sponsors in the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club, renovating their sporting support facilities, and helped the Richlands Bus Depot get some unneeded sheds pulled down.
Likewise, in 2016 we have held 23 Sausage Sizzles, a couple of BBQs, 4 garage sales, and of course, we've met weekly, to enjoy each other's company and pursue our objective: a new home and shed.
On 6th December 2016, Brisbane City Council approved the lease of a parcel of land on the former Bowls Club in Grenada Street, Wynnum North grounds, which we share with our friends and neighbours of the Horizon Foundation. This was possible through the tireless work and dedication of our members, the good offices of the Brisbane City Council, and a lot of help from our friends in elected places: Wynnum Councillor Peter Cumming, State Member for Lytton Joan Pease, and Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta.
This development allows us to start 2017 with great enthusiasm! Project New Home will be the Shed's main focus and there's SO much to do.
You're very welcome to pop in and lend a hand! All cash donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
2017 has been a humongous year with a lot of work being done by some of the members who were able to help in the construction of the new complex , seven years of blood , sweat and tears has finally paid off.
The sheds are at the lock up construction stage
Manufacturing replacement crosses for Remembrance of locals lost in World War 1 October 2018. Located in Memorial Park, Wynnum High School, Peel St, Manly. All 32 original crosses have gone missing
Original crosses have gone last replaced with this one supplied as a sample.
New crosses ready for mounting, 100 years after the cease of hostilities, The Wynnum Manly and Districts Men’s Shed along with other dignitaries will lay a wreath at the School on Friday the 8th of November.
For any information, please Phone Richard Wood 0490 138 474.