IT’S A SUPERB ACHIEVEMENT FOR ANY REGIONAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT TO REACH A MEMBERSHIP BEYOND 20 – CALLIOPE RIVER MEN’S SHED HAS SURPASSED THESE NUMBERS IN ONE WEEK.
Clearly a community in desperate need for a Men’s Shed – it is delightful to see the excitement and passion in these local men.
Secretary Darren Marshall works alongside President Harold Harvey in providing a supportive and relaxed environment allowing men to be men.
“Mostly we are trying to get men out of the house and socialising,” he said. “The community can benefit from a lifetime of knowledge and experience in these men.”
While this group has been in fruition since October – sponsorship from the Calliope Rotary Club has assisted the branch’s instant success. Currently constructing work benches, Darren says the to-do list is always growing.
“We have 100 000 things to do, we will never run out,” he said. “We are more than busy and an extra set of hands is always in need.”
Social cohesion and men’s health are both proven to enhance in the community after the
opening of a Men’s Shed. Calliope men are encouraged to join the newest branch, but everyone is welcome – particularly from surroundings areas such as Mount Larcom and Yarwun who don’t have a shed of their own. The successful Australian phenomena of Men’s Sheds is based on comradery and friendship.
“It doesn’t matter one little bit how much or how little you do,” says Darren. “The most important thing is to come and have a cuppa and a chat. We have 23 members of all ages and backgrounds and what we have so far is a fantastic group.”
Currently, the Calliope River Men’s Shed meets twice weekly at its base at the Calliope Historical Village on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am-12pm.