Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop Starts
Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop has finally got a home, with the support of the Hunter Development Corporation, we have signed the lease and will be moving into Admin Building at the old BHP. The address is 99 Selwyn Street Mayfield North 2304. We will be located in the right front basement are of the building.
Here is a map of our workshop area in PDF format.
New Members Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop!
Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop needs new members. If you are interested in woodworking or metal work or even doing community support work, based out of our new workshop the call our secretary Bill Ray on Ph 0249555752 or if he is out and about or over at the Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop doing some things then you can get him on Mobile 0423368966.
We expect that membership will fill up very fast. Mens sheds can only accept so many members because it is a part of our safe working policy and helps to prevent over crowding in a workshop environment. So if you want to become a volunteer of Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop, you will need to join our mens shed very quickly.
Activities Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop
Workshop activities that are being planed for in Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop include
- Woodworking with all kinds of wood working machinery available to members, and if you have a home project you are working on then by all means come along and join our Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop. We have 2 wood-turning lathes, and all kinds of saws, drop saws, table bench saws for cutting timber and need to find a good band saw. We have chains saws and work working tools of all kinds. With the new shed opening we need all kind of things for the wood working shop.
- Metal workshop activities will include the use of a lathe, which we are still trying to get one donated to our workshop. There is a welder available for use and we will need to build a solid metal working table for this area.
- Community work activities are going to be available. If pensioners and disabled people are struggling to get something done around the home or garden are and they are considered needy. Our men will go out and help support their needs. things include are small handy man repairs and maintenance. Gardening, maintenance screen repairs, cabinet repairs are just a few things we can do for the community. New members are needed for this area of work as well.
- Men who come along to the workshop, might just want to have a cuppa and a chat and not get involved in shed activities. This is apart of our social support program. There is not rule that says men have to do any activities within the shed or community activities. We are all volunteers and do not work like a paid job would expect of us. Men who get bored at home, come along and get involved in the Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop.
- Mentoring support for the men, is an activity that is put in place for the members. Even high school support in mentoring is part of what we will be offering to local schools. The Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative of training for our members and you get a great sense of achievement when you see both boys and girls asking questions to further their knowledge for when they go out in the community to work. Local business’s will be asked to support this program by offering work experience and even apprenticeships for up and coming students high school students. We work with MENTOS at Cardiff.
- Induction to work workshop equipment is mandatory. Nobody can run any machinery unless they are a tradesman or have been signed off to work on our personal equipment. If you unskilled this is not a problem. It does not take long to train you safe workshop practices and you will soon be using all of our equipment.
- Disability access is available for our members, by come through our back gates. We are trying to work out toilet facilities and the only male or female toilets are up on the first floor. Maybe somebody could offer us a porter loo service for the disabled. The area within the Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop is all flat and the only thing that makes it a bit hard to get access is a hump designed to stop water from coming down into the back door. We hope to turn this into a ramp way that will stop water but allow access for wheel chairs and scooters.
Not fuel of any kind is allowed in our workshop and we get around this by using all electrical or battery run equipment. We are in need of an electrical mower and edge trimming equipment.
We intend to do all kinds of workshop activities at our workshop and are also in need of more committee members to help mange the new workshop.
Here are a few pictures of the inside of the building, I will make a point of having more pictures for our next post that shows the real workshop area.
It is a big place inside!
Carina Mens Shed have a video you can watch to get a better idea of what mens sheds are all about!
So that about covers what we are starting to do at our new workshop the Newcastle Mens Shed Workshop! If you are between 18 and 90 years old and the wife is wanting to get you out of the house call in for a cuppa and a chat! Age limits are in place because of insurance coverage for all our members.
There are lots different business’s in the building and one that I cam across is the Wheeling & Able non-profit support group. They are there providing assistance to get access to resources for young people up to the age of 21 years of age.