The idea of a Mooroolbark Men’s Shed was first proposed by the Mooroolbark Lions Club in late 2014 with the aim to provide an opportunity for older men of Mooroolbark to socialise and participate with other men in hands-on practical activities that offer both personal and community benefit.
The Lions Club presented the idea at the 2015 Celebrate Mooroolbark festival which led to the well attended inaugural meeting at the Mooroolbark Community Centre in May 2015.
We incorporated in late 2015 and have become a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.
We seek to support both men and women in our community who may be at risk of isolation and loneliness due to factors such as loss of their partner from death, divorce or separation; unemployment due to redundancy or disability; or simply retirement.
These situations are major causes of depression and feelings of worthlessness, often leading to suicide. Men’s Sheds provide a facility where members of the community, inclusive of all nationalities, religions, abilities and ages (between 18 and 102 years) can meet, share and discuss ideas and issues, learn and share skills and foster a sense of mateship, wellbeing and belonging.
In 2019 we completed our permanent shed on the site of a former tennis club at the corner of Ellen Road and Croydondale Drive in Mooroolbark and we have collected a number of tools, wood-working and metal working machines thanks to the generosity of local donors.
While the Shed is most active in wood-working, woodturning and metalworking we are actively seeking to increase our range of activities and we particularly welcome new members with skills in other areas that they are willing to share.