Welcome to the Mundaring Men’s Shed
Early in 2007, a small group of men attended a symposium on Men’s Health. Later they organised a gathering of local men, with the view to having regular meetings, with men’s health as the guiding subject. There were a series of meetings, but it became clear that numbers were dropping at each successive gathering. To keep the group functioning, it was thought a “Honey Pot” was needed.
A suggestion was made, to form a Men’s Shed as the honey pot, and a visit to the Fremantle Men’s Shed was organised. The blokes at Fremantle were very helpful and provided a wealth of ideas and information.
The Mundaring group then proceeded to form the Mundaring Community Men’s Shed (MCMS), which was Incorporated in 2007. Wally Winfield was elected the inaugural President, Bill Adamson the Secretary and Bill Frost the Treasurer.
In the early days, meetings were held in “The Hub” in Mundaring twice a month. The first monthly meeting was a talk by a special guest, often a member, and the second was a formal business meeting. A high priority subject at the business meetings was the need for a shed.
Negotiations with the Shire of Mundaring culminated in the Council agreeing to lease the old fire brigade shed to the MCMS. In addition, Lottery West devised a plan whereby money was granted to the Sawyers Valley Bush Fire Brigade to compensate them for the “loss” of the shed, and also to grant money to the MCMS for the purchase of tools and machines.
March 2010 saw the official opening of the Mundaring Community Men’s Shed (Inc), after three years of planning and dedication.
Brian Matthews is the current President, and the MCMS now has over 140 paid-up members. The shed has expanded to include three dedicated buildings; the Wood Shop, a Metal Shop and an Amenities room – which also serves as the office and computer room.
Members are free to do whatever interests them, and no one is made to feel pressured into doing anything they aren’t comfortable with. While some members may work on projects for themselves, others may work on projects for the outside community. For some, merely being with a bunch of other men is satisfying enough.
The Men’s Shed organization not only focuses on hands-on work, but also provides a means for men to build camaraderie; something they may have lost through retirement, job loss or poor physical or mental health. For some men, Sheds are the only alternative they have to sitting at home and becoming socially isolated.