Who are we?
The Canning Community Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organization that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment where men are able to enjoy working with wood at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the well-being and health of our members. We are part of The Australian Men’s Shed Association.
Why are we here?
Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions so many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being. Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind. Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mate-ship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.
Members of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life – the bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and would like something meaningful to do with that time. So we find that members can learn new skills or pass on some of their experience to others.
How do we operate?
We have a Management Committee that has developed a safe and happy environment where men are welcome to work on community projects, specific Men’s Shed projects or a project of their choice in their own time and where the only ‘must’ is to observe safe working practices…. all in a spirit of mate-ship.
The Men’s Shed movement has now become one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and well-being and helping men to once again become valued and productive members of our community.
We work closely with the City of Canning who provide substantial funding as well as giving us small commissions that enable us to generate some funds. All members produce wooden articles which are for sale and we will be updating our sales methods to generate further funds. Members are also welcome to work on projects of their own. We are always looking at new and different articles we can make. We also take on small commercial jobs that are within our scope. We have a lot of wooden products for sale including toys and household items – please inquire.
Where are we?
We have membership of about 45 and are currently in temporary premises in a light factory unit at:
Unit 3/110 Bannister Road, Canning Vale.
We are open Monday to Friday 8am till noon.
(Sometimes we open a little earlier, sometimes we stay a little later). These hours will change as our membership numbers increase.
We also have a Facebook page: Canning Community Men’s Shed
Feel free to drop in to check things out and mention this page for a FREE CUPPA.
Where are we going?
The City of Canning has given us the use of a block of land (10+10years) in Canning Vale and we are currently planning a shared use community facility to be built there. We are actively seeking sponsorship and funding to develop this plan. Estimated completion is hoped to be 24-36 months. In the meantime we are working to raise funds for the temporary site as well as grants for the new building. Estimated cost of this development is expected to be about $1M.
Matt Keogh M.P., Sue Ellery M.L.C.
Willetton Rotary Club, Domain Interiors, Budget Disposals