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.
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.
- Come in for a cuppa and chat, get to know other men in the shed.
- Work around the workshop on personal projects or things that need building for the community in the workshop.
- 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.