Attending the opening of the Armadale Community Men’s Shed, MRA CEO Kieran Kinsella said the group had achieved great success and had much to celebrate in the 10 months since commencing operations.
After securing a lease with MRA for the Tudor Road property, the Men’s Shed members have cleared the property, given the façade a new coat of paint, repaired windows, overhauled the front and rear gardens, turned the bathroom into a library and acquired tools and equipment.
“The Men’s Shed is a fantastic concept and now with 17 members and a headquarters that is open for business, this group of men epitomise what brotherhood and mateship is all about,” Mr Kinsella said.
As a symbol of the work that will be done in the shed, Mr Kinsella presented a ceremonial key to Linton Reynolds, former City of Armadale Mayor and Patron of the Armadale Community Men’s Shed.
Men’s Shed committee member Ian Stevenson said the group had been overwhelmed by the support from local businesses, political officials and the general community and was very excited about future opportunities now that the shed is open for business.
“Today is a very proud day and is the culmination of 10 months of ‘chipping’ away at preparing the shed and creating a place where we can share experiences, pass on our skills and give back to the community that has been so kind to us over the years,” Mr Stevenson said.
“We have received requests for our members to help rehabilitation patients from Armadale Hospital develop their motor skills, mentor students at the local primary school and assist with general maintenance at Dale Cottages.”
Mr Stevenson thanked the MRA for the opportunity to create a shed, Masters Home Improvement for their donations of paint and hardware supplies and the many other businesses and organisations that have supported the group over the past 10 months.
The Armadale Community Men’s Shed will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 2pm with members also undertaking weekly busy-bees on a Saturday morning and volunteering at schools, hospitals and other local organisations.
Mr Kinsella said the MRA advocates that if a place looks loved; people will come to love it in return.
“Our business is in creating places that people want to be a part of and the Men’s Shed is a perfect example of how that philosophy can manifest in the simplest of forms.”
With doors now open for business, the Armadale Community Men’s Shed is looking to grow its membership, embark on community projects, pursue community grants for insurance, tools and equipment; and secure a permanent location.
Anyone interested in joining the Men’s Shed should call 0415 404 228 or visit the Men's Shed Facebook page.
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