Newcastle Men’s Shed Committee
President : Paul Battle
Vice President: Mick McMahon
Secretary : Wayne Grant
Treasurer : Robert Wilkinson
Committee : Drew Davison, Greg Mason, Grahame Stoddart, Kevin Moon, Chris Reeve and Neville Pollock
Newcastle Men’s Shed – About Us
Newcastle Men’s Shed is currently open 9 am – 2 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week.
The members of Newcastle Men’s Shed come from all different backgrounds. We encourage both men and women to join our shed, meet to be a mentoring support to each other and act as a support to people who are in need of our charity support work. We are members of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, and are incorporated. We are also members of the Men’s Shed – Hunter Cluster which has 22 other Sheds who network with each other.
One of our goals is to offer educational material and activities to our members who may suffer from depression, diabetes, heart conditions or have other various medical problems.
Workshop activities at the Newcastle Men’s Shed are projects which may involve wood-turning, scroll saw use, making bird boxes and letter boxes. Members who come along to the Shed define what we do in the workshop activities. If you decide you want to make a windmill or BBQ tables and other members in the shed have a similar interest, then you could probably help each other.
New members need to become qualified to use our equipment to help prevent unsafe workshop practices, so we have an induction session which needs to be completed.
Our shed is obtaining more equipment every month and our workshop activities are on the increase. We are always on the lookout for new members and even if you have your own workshop at home, you can use all the extra tools in our workshop that you may not have at home.
We have workshop activities in metal lathe work, arc welding, sheet metal work and many other Shed activities. So, come along to the Shed and get involved.
If you have any suggestions for Shed activities, these can be further discussed at our monthly meetings. New ideas are always welcomed.
Men’s Health Issues
People who are isolated and without a purpose can get depressed. They can become withdrawn and not relate to others very well. We would encourage men to come along and meet other people, in an environment where they feel welcomed and accepted.
Heart Disease Awareness
Many men suffer from heart related problems and changing their lifestyle can have a positive impact on their wellness. A simple chat with other men who have similar health issues can be very educational and empowering. It is a known fact that men talk shoulder to shoulder and not face to face. Men mentoring each other can be a very powerful thing.
On occasions we have guest speakers at our Meetings to speak on various topics, including men’s health.