What is a Men’s Shed?

The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are found in many cities and towns around Australia and continue to spring up internationally.

Some Men’s Sheds run programs attended by women, but first and foremost Men’s Sheds were established as a place for men to go for a chat, to meet with other men and support each other. Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help.

The Men’s Shed movement has now become one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and wellbeing and helping men to once again become valued and productive members of our community. There are over a thousand Australia wide, and more than 325 in Victoria.

They are a place that men can:

  • put their skills to use for the benefit of their community
  • develop mentor programs for school aged children
  • assist refugees to integrate into their new community
  • provide a place for participants to have a chat, learn new skills and give back to the community.
Portland Men's Shed
Portland Men's Shed

What happens at a Men’s Shed?

Not all Men’s Sheds are the same – if you looked inside you might see a number of men making furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, making Mynah bird traps, fixing lawn mowers or making a cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. You might also see a few young men working with the older men obtaining new skills and learning something about life from the men with whom they work. You might see local elders making traditional weapons or designing arts and crafts. You may also see women at Men’s Sheds.

Mt Beauty and District Men's Shed
Mt Beauty and District Men's Shed

Where are the Men’s Sheds located?

To find a Men’s Shed near you visit  www.vmsa.org.au/find-a-men-s-shed-in-victoria

How much does it cost to participate?

Different Men’s Sheds have different fees – speak to your local Shed for more information.

How do you find out more?

Visit the Men’s Sheds Victoria website.

Phillip Island Men's Shed
Phillip Island Men's Shed