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Canterbury Men's Sheds

Wednesday, February 14, 2018   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: men, mens health, mental wellbeing, older people

A lot of community workers bump into men in the community that are socially isolated. Men's sheds are shown to be a very positive ways for men to engage with others while they learn new skills and do something useful for the community, friends and family or simply themselves.

Canterbury Men's Sheds information flyer.What type of community client should I tell about a shed? Men that have time on their hands and are feeling isolated.

How do I know where sheds are they can go to?
 You can visit the MenzShed website to find your local shed. including the times and contact information for the organiser.

How can I refer a man to a shed?
You can’t, really. There is no one there that manages clients. Sheds generally allow someone with a disability to come with a support person.

Do it cost anything to join a shed?
Usually there is a minimal fee. Contact the shed if this might be a barrier. Material costs might also be an issue depending on the project.

You are very welcome to phone us and ask about how sheds work. The Canterbury Men's Centre has information flyers on the local Men's Sheds - contact the Centre to order copies (info[at]canmen.org.nz).

Best wishes
Donald Pettitt
Chief Executive Officer of the Canterbury Men's Centre

Excerpt from Menzshed Annual Report: Trevor Scott (February 2018)

Trevor Scott is the Canterbury Regional Representative on Menzshed NZ (regrep4[at]menzshed.nz or 03 960 4919).

This year has been a great year for menzsheds.  We have currently about 107 sheds nationally.  This has risen from a start of two shed nine years ago to the large number we have spread across the country.  I must say Canterbury leads the way with twenty seven sheds registered with Menzshed NZ. Not all of these are operational as some are still in the planning stages.

A number of sheds have been relocated to larger premises as they have either out grown the shed they were in or have found rents to high and found cheaper rents.  It is pleasing to see places like Darfield gaining a shed, Ashburton with a very large complex, and there are plans for a Ferrymead and Lincoln shed. The sheds that are operational have been well attended with some having a membership of over fifty while some of the smaller sheds catering for about ten.  Membership is growing and word is spreading about what menzshed offer. I see in a recent Men’s Shed magazine an article about the Halswell Shed - this can only help spread the word.

There are a number of retirement villages looking at having a men’s shed as part of their complex. They see the value of having these facilities where men can be creative, develop friendships and above all be able to communicate at a common level.

What does the future hold for Menzsheds. Well I can only see them going from strength to strength as more communities see the value of having one in their area. Someone once said to me why I need to go to a shed when I have one at home. My answer was how many people do you talk with each day? The answer came back one - my wife when I am in the house. There is the reason why they are becoming so successful. It’s that meeting up with others of the same age and sharing ideas, talking, and creating something that is seen by others as being needed. It has given a purpose to many who have attended sheds.

Menzshed have also been a part of the community by providing Kids Holiday programmes - mentoring younger folk and carrying out many community projects. Having a Canterbury Men’s Centre assisting the spreading of the word and also providing a link between organisations and sheds has been a good partnership. The support they have given menzshed over the nine years has been greatly received and we would hope that it will continue into the future for many years to come.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch