Every Men’s Shed has its own unique aims and most often focus on a certain agreed subjects such as woodwork, metalwork, restorations, construction, small repairs etc, however, our men’s shed focusses on different programs such as swimming, walking, photography, computers and internet, cooking, men’s health programs and carers support.
Men’s Sheds can often be defined into five or six main categories.
These categories are best defined as work, clinical, communal, recreational, educational and virtual.
Work Sheds are for those who want to remain active, use tools and equipment to repair or construct and have an overall goal in mind. These sheds focus heavily on restoration and construction, while still helping the local community.
Clinical and Communal Sheds have similar features, with the core of their aims focused on helping the local male community interact and discuss their health and wellbeing.
Recreational Men’s Sheds are created to help promote more social activities in the local area.
Educational Sheds are aimed at improving skills and qualities and many popular educational These Sheds are based around improving a certain type of skill, such as cooking, computers, photography etc.
Virtual Sheds provide an online capability where members from all men’s sheds and other remote communities across the country or around world can actively communicate online and be involved in numerous research, writing and photographic activities.
In many ways, all these types of Men’s Sheds can be seen as extension of the original 19th century idea of working men’s clubs in the UK and Australia: “to provide recreation and education for working class men and their families” and then followed on by returned soldiers of the early 20th century that exist today.
Over time working men’s and returned services clubs focused increasingly on recreational activities, the support of both injured and active men and the much needed charitable work whilst most peoples sheds remained at the bottom of their garden at home.
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