Volunteer Mentors Needed

Volunteer Mentors Need At Our Shed

Volunteer mentors are need at our shed, we not only mentor our men and offer to help prevention of depression by way of activities and having a morning cuppa together. We are also getting involved with looking for volunteer mentors for our external activities. Some of our members are also involved in Mentors For Our Schools and we also attend the HYMC meeting every month. Don’t forget Yakka Day with Mentors For Our Schools, remember 17th October 2014.

Our aim is to involve high school students, in workshop activities and try to find business’s that will offer work experience for them. Volunteer mentor are not students parents or teachers, they are there so the students can bounce ideas off of the and to learn by example. Take a look at this video presented by Mentors For Our Schools.

We need more volunteer mentors for just one of the many things we do both in the workshop and our in the community. So come and join us for a great time being one of the volunteer mentors.

Volunteer mentors needed for our pjojects. So come along now and join our shed, we are in final stages of negotiating for a workshop. Education of students is one of our many aims and activities for our volunteer mentors.

With the HYMC mentoring program they run training packages for volunteer mentors, go to the link and see what it is all about. There are many different community non profit companies involved and the offer student sponsorship grants. So if you are looking for a educational scholarship program they are the non profit company to apply too.

There are not many local men’s sheds that get involved with a volunteer mentors program, but Branxton Greta Men’s Shed are proud to say they are very into offer volunteer mentors a chance to get involved out at Greta. They are about to get there own website so keep an eye out for them online very soon!


AGM Report 2014



The AGM meeting held in the workshop at Penola House, opened at 2.05 p.m. Present: Paul Battle, Bill Ray, Bill Steel, Lukas Junker, Bob Wilkinson & Barbara Steel Apologies:  Peter Vorlichek & Terry & Daniel Connolly.

The Treasurer read the financial report and advised the members that the current bank balance stands at $1,349.48. – Current assets comprising property and equipment $3,824.96 Giving a total of $5,174.44. The Chairman reported that whilst the Committee had spent hours and hours trying to find a “shed” all our efforts have been in vain.  That is until The Diocese of Newcastle & Maitland advised that  they were tendering to Council for a building in the Hamilton area.  This would be in partnership with Penola House. We have not had any report as to the results of their tender.

We applied to Hunter Development Corporation for part of the lower ground floor of the old BHP Administration Building.  We have had some positive feedback from Toni Capiello and are at present waiting for her confirmation that the Management agree to leasing the area to us.

All Committee positions were declared vacant.  Barbara Steel Nominated Bill Ray as Secretary.  He accepted the nomination.  Seconded by Robert Wilkinson. Bill Ray nominated Robert Wilkinson as Treasurer, seconded by Bill Steel. Paul Battle nominated Lukas Junker as Chairman, seconded by Barbara Steel. Paul Battle nominated Barbara Steel as Vice President, Seconded by Bob Wilkinson. Bill Ray nominated Bill Steel as Committee Member, seconded by Paul Battle. Paul Battle to design Form A12 Fair Trading Annual Return.  This will cost approximately $50. Membership fees are due by 30th September and are $25.00 per annum.

Next AGM meeting to be 2nd Tuesday in August 2015. The meeting closed at 2.45 p.m.

AGM 2014

AGM 2014


AGM August 2014

AGM Shed Annual Meeting

Members are reminded that the annual general meeting of Newcastle Men’s Shed will take place on the 12th August. Membership fees are now due and have been increased to $25.00 a year to cover our insurance costs. If you are not financial by the 12th August then you won’t be able to vote. Non financial members will not be covered for insurance 30 days after the election of the new committee.

Where  Penola House

When  12th August

Time 2.00pm

Address  3 Wilson Street Mayfield

The meeting will be held in the computer room, just off to the left as you come through the front door. Anybody who can’t make the meeting and wants to make a postal vote, needs to contact the secretary. Anybody wanting more information needs to contact the secretary Bill Ray on Phone 0249555752 See you at the AGM


Annual Financial Report

Shed Annual Financial report 2013 – 2014

The following report is this years financial report to date. Because we are only a new shed our first AGM will take place on the 12th August 2014 and our financial year will close at the end of this month 31st July.


Funding in bank = $960.00

Volunteer Grant funding for shed = $1,500

Donations to shed = $2,700

Membership Fees = $400

Total = $5,960


Public Liability Insurance 2014 (Covers all 16 members) = 16 members at $25.00 per person = $400.00

Incorporation fees = $120.00

Fuel running costs for shed = $117.00

Website Hosting = $143.00

Stationary = $100.00

Website Advertising = $80.00

Funding For Workshop = $5,000

Total – $5960.00


Fees are due to be discussed at this months meeting, we pay $25.00 for each member to AMSA insurance and our fees are only $20.00, so an increase of $5.00 more is proposed.

This months meeting is on Tuesday 8th July 2014 at 2.00pm at Penola House, located at 3 Wilson Street Mayfield. See you all there!







Public Jobs Men’s Shed

Public Jobs Men’s Shed No Go!

I keep getting requests to do external jobs for the public! We don’t do work for anybody externally unless they are elderly and or disabled! If you need a job done that is business related, we are not for you! If you sometime done for yourself, join the shed and feel free to use our equipment and support for your home project. We do not do public jobs for profit. We are a non-profit organisation that is there for the needy who need our support.

If you think we are here as cheap labour, then you have the wrong idea about our public jobs.

  1. We don’t do multiple articles to be sold to the public.
  2. If you want us to have your lawn or garden done and we find out you have relatives that can do the work, we will not do the public job for you.
  3. We don’t do overseas charity work or offer support for charities overseas. We do offer support for refugee’s in Australia, but you need to contact Penola House in Mayfield and they will involve us were needed.
  4. If you hard up on your luck and need repairs done to stop vermin entering the house or wood chipping done and can’t afford it (must be on pension). Then we might be able to help out in the near future. There is a waiting list and we do volunteer work, so if nobody is willing to go, it is not like running a full business.

We do accept donations of equipment and money, so we can offer support to those who are in need. If we have the raw materials available, then we are not looking to buy them from a hardware store.

public jobs we can do

We are trying to get the community to support us so we can in turn offer support back to the community. Simply put we need a workshop, we tools and power equipment being offered to us all the time, but we need a place to carry out our activities. If you ring now, we find you the nearest shed that may be willing to help you out with their limited resources, for their public jobs.

Do we help out schools, women’s refuge’s, community centres, community gardens, needy pensioners, this is public jobs to us,yes we do, this is all apart of helping out in the community. The big problem is we need a workshop to store resources so we can help out with raised garden beds for the elderly and disabled. Having a workshop to build a ramp for wheel chair access, another good idea. Offer to make bird boxes for our local wild life, an easy job to do, if we have the workshop to put our equipment into, so we can help out.


Deceased Estate

Deceased Estate Donation

Deceased estate donations are gratefully accepted by Newcastle Men’s Shed. We can come and clean out your shed and accept any other donations for deceased estates. You may not live local and need somebody to help support the cleaning out of a shed. We have the resources to do this.

Real Estate agents are welcome to contact us for support cleaning out deceased estates. We can offer support to local real estate agents and in return recommend your agency for future work.

Deceased estate clean out

Cleaning out deceased estates

Are you an executor of a deceased estate, we can offer you support in getting things done. Men’s shed’s need community support and we accept all kinds of donations from deceased estates. All kinds of tools, power and hand tools, building timer and metal for frame-work. Yes we accept cash donations, it helps keep our charity functioning.

Call us on Phone 0249555752 for us to arrange a donation pick up. Offering tools to our men’s shed will help us to support community and shed activities, we have received a few things from deceased estates and need things like a wood lathe and metal lathe. We have got a trailer donated to us and appreciate the donation. All donations are treated with respect and kept private.

We use tools left behind by your loved ones, but reserve the right to sell them if we get to much of the same things. We have had some good donations, drop saws, hand power tools, even an arc welder. They all help us get things done and it is good to see these things still being used by us.

For a small donation we can move things locally for your deceased estate with our trailer, extremely large objects, you will need to call a mover.



July Meeting 2014

July Meeting 2014 Newcastle Shed

The next meeting of the Newcastle Mens Shed will be held at Penola House on the 8th July at 2.00pm, located at 3 Wilson Street Mayfield. There was a good attendance at the last meeting. We don’t always meet in the double garage down the back. Just ask staff where we are and they will direct you to were we have set up for our meeting. Penola House has a big demand for meeting space and we around the complex sometimes.

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June Meeting 2014

Men’s Shed June Meeting 2014

The next meeting of Newcastle Mens Shed is next week on Tuesday 10th June at Penola House. 3 Wilson Street Mayfield, at 2.00pm, members are asked to attend. Topics up for discuss not in total but a summary will be!

  1. Minutes of previous meeting and business arising from it.
  2. Memorandum Of Understanding with the Catholic Diocese. (MOU)
  3. Possible venues for support for workshop in the inner Newcastle area.
  4. Support for Lyndsay Garden Nursing Home.
  5. Update on community fish program.
  6. Feedback from Paul Battle on Hunter Cluster monthly meeting.

All members are encouraged to attend and visitors are always welcome to our meetings. Any body wanting to come along for the first time are welcome to contact Bill Ray (Secretary) on Ph 0249555752


May Meeting Postponed

Newcastle Mens Shed May Meeting Postponed!

The May meeting of the Newcastle Mens Shed (May 13th 2014) has been postponed until June 10th 2014 at 2.00pm 3 Wilson Street Mayfield at Penola House in the workshop!

New members and visitors are welcome to any of our meetings and we look forward to seeing you come along to our next meeting in June! If you need to contact the secretary, call Bill Ray on Ph 0249555752.


Minutes of March Meeting

March Meeting held in the workshop at Penola House on Tuesday  11th March 2014.

The March meeting commenced at 2 pm
  1. Present Bill Ray, Paul Battle Bill & Barbara Steel and  Bob Wilkinson
  2. Matters under discussion – lack of available premises in Newcastle area.  Bill & Barbara met with Chris Toila and Sandra Feltham, from Newcastle council.  Chris contacted the railway and they advised that as the whole area is under negotiation for the light rail, no leases, contracts etc are to be entered into.
  3. Sandra commented that as the whole city is being re-zoned and as the men’s shed is considered industrial rather than commercial or office, then there will be no opening in the town centre for a men’s shed.  However, there will be corridors out to Broadmeadow and Islington which when the planning is finalised would be suitable.,
  4. Bill Ray advised that he had paid the Insurance. (AMSA?) but Paul Said that he had been in contact as the amount was too large as we do not have premises and that everything that we do at Penola will be covered by their insurance.
  5.  Sister Di brought around James a young novitiate and he agreed to help get some of the refugees to help set up fish ponds.
  6. The March meeting closed just after 3.00 pm, next meeting 8th April 2.00pm, Penola House 2014.



March Meeting Penola House

March Meeting Baraka Men’s Shed

The main topic of the March Meeting will be about the MOU with Penola House to form a new men’s shed called Baraka Men’s Shed. What is a MOU, it is an acronym for memorandum of understanding, and Baraka means blessing in Hebrew, Arabic and Arabic-influenced languages.

Here are the details of the Men’s Shed March Meeting.

Venue: Penola House, 3 Wilson Street Mayfield

Time: 2.00pm

Agenda: MOU with Penola House, Discussion of Insurance for members to AMSA, Plans on how Baraka Men’s Shed will operate.

Newcastle Mens Shed is still in need of a place for our own workshop, and we are going to help the men of Baraka Men’s Shed get set up and offer mentoring to the men of this new Men’s Shed.

Visitors and intending new members are welcome to attend this meeting, new members are not expected to be financial for the first meetying they attend.

March Meeting map at Penola House

See you at the March meeting!

New Members welcome at the March meeting!




Tropical Fish Donation

Tropical Fish Donation Shed

Tropical fish donations for Newcastle Mens Shed, we are seeking any unused fish tanks and fish accessories, such as fish filters, fish aquarium lights, aquarium lights, air bubblier and plants, both plastic and live. Men at the shed can set up freshwater tropical fish tanks to keep active and give them to pensioners and the disabled, if you would like us to set up a family member with a fresh water tropical fish tank, then get in touch with us and we can set them up with a tank that you donate. This is done by one of our members that have a keen interest in tropical fish tanks. Companion fish for the elderly and disabled is a good idea, it gives them company when they live alone.

Penola House mens shed, Baraka Mens Shed are helping us with this community project.

A big thank you to the people who have donated to us, Hunter Dental Charlestown just donated some corydora catfish to our companion fish program. Thanks go to everybody else who gave a tropical fish donation to us. The cichlids are settling in and we will eventually find a good home for them.

Type Of Tropical Fish Donation Accepted

We accept all kinds of fish donations for the charity program, guppies, swordtails, Australian rainbowfish, mollies, platy fish, bristlenoses any kind of fish that can live together. The cichlids probably think this is a diet menu, so we keep them separate. We even have golden snails

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Call use to help out with your tropical fish tank donation, we don’t make any profit from this community project. Here is my tank all set up and yes I have Guppies, Neon Tetras and Bristlenose. tropical fish tank Once tropical fish tanks are set up properly, they don’t take a lot to look after, a pinch of tropical flake and check the PH, if any problems arise we can look after them. Give your unwanted tropical fish tank to the Newcastle Mens Shed and we can help somebody in need, loneliness can lead to depression and having tropical fish at home, can make a big difference to somebody who needs company. A simple answer is give them something to do and show their family and friends when they come over, can make a big difference in their lives. So have a look around the garage and see if you have an unused tropical fish tank that you can donate to our mens shed, and we will put it to good use. A simple support to project idea can mean a big difference to somebodies life.

If you would like to join a new site on Facebook for freshwater tropical fish nsw, then here is the link!

If you live in Newcastle and Hunter Valley and want to buy and sell fish, here is a great Facebook page for just that purpose. You need to have a Facebook account for the link to work!

What I feed my guppy fry video has a variety of things you can offer guppies.

If you need any more information on tropical fish donation call our secretary Bill Ray Phone 0249555752


February Meeting 11th Day time Meeting

I have just spoke to Sister Di from Penola House and she has agreed to let us use the double garage at Penola House for a meeting next week.
So as of the second Tuesday of the month, we will trial a meeting at Penola house at 2.00pm. This is the 11/02/2014 at 2.00pm, 3 Wilson Street Mayfield!
We are hoping that more members can come along to the day time meeting. We need to come up with a MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Penola house. They have a group of men there that need our mentoring support. They are lacking in  motivation and are very depressed at the moment and are looking for something to do.
Penola House have suggested we set up a mens shed in the building out back. I stated it could become a sub branch of the Newcastle Mens Shed, because we want to set up a fully working workshop closer to Newcastle. This workshop will need a MOU so we can work in conjunction with Penola House and they will give us a starting point to get community recognition for the men of Penola House. This arrangement will be considered permanent support for Penola House, even when we get a main workshop closer in towards Newcastle.
So see you at the meeting, next week, lots to talk about!

Penola House Support

Penola House Support Offered!

Penola House support is being considered by our men’s shed. They are in need of a mentoring program for their young men and support is needed for their women’s refugee centre.

Penola House located at 3 Wilson Street Mayfield is run by 2 coordinators, Sister Diana Santleben and Sister Elizabeth Brown. Pictured below are both of these sisters.

Penola House Sister DiSister Di


Penola House Sister Betty Brown Sister Betty Brown

They are need of our support and our committee plan on meeting with the 2 of them in Early January. In a YouTube presentation Sister Di has expressed her keenness to have a men’s shed involved with Penola House. Here is the video

We hope to be able to form a good working relationship with Penola House and the activities that they get involved in.

Motivation Support Penola House

Men of Penola House are in need of a mentoring program to help them get motivated back into the community. Doing things around the shed and simply coming in for a chat and a cuppa, can be very empowering for people in need of social support. Men can come along and get involved in the men’s shed. Making fruit bowls, bird houses, repairing house hold items can be very rewarding for them. The activities of the shed would consist of activities in 3 areas.

  1. Come in for a cuppa and chat, get to know other men in the shed.
  2. Work around the workshop on personal projects or things that need building for the community in the workshop.
  3. Going out into the community doing things for the needy and disabled.

To do this the men will need to insured for public liability insurance for working with power tools. We still need to talk with Penola House about this kind of insurance. We are members of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and we need to make sure our members are covered against personal injury. Part of this process is making sure that men are trained on equipment before they are allowed to use the tools. We have volunteer tradesmen who can asses their ability to use equipment and have them signed off for safe working procedures.

We hope to get funding for these projects by way of online grant funding, negotiation to form this working relationship with Newcastle Mens Shed and Penola House is still in its early stages, but both parties are very hopeful of a great working relationship between each other. Both non profit business’s are members of the Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative and are very proactive with activities with them. We will be looking for community support as we develop this new workshop activity.


Merry Christmas Holiday Break

Merry Christmas From Newcastle Mens Shed

Hello Merry Christmas from our men’s shed to everybody, we will be closed over the Christmas holiday break, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 4th February at South Leagues Club at 7.00pm. We wish you a happy holiday break.
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