The concept of Men’s Sheds in Australia stemmed from a small group that formed in Golwa South Australia in the early 1970’s. Since then Men’s Sheds have grown to over 1000 in Australia and extended to New Zealand, Ireland, England, Denmark and other Baltic nations and the USA. The first Shed established in NSW was formed in Ryde in approximately 1980.
The Men’s Shed movement grew out of the need to address men’s health issues in a way that was pertinent and relevant to men. The National theme for Men’s Sheds movement is to address such issues “shoulder to shoulder”.
The “Shed” has been a significant part of the Australian culture for generations. With the demographic shift to smaller house blocks and high density living, the “shed” almost disappeared from the typical suburban residence.
Men’s Sheds have filled this void.
It is now an important place where men have a place to go and share their experiences, skills, knowledge and can socialise and openly discuss their personal health related issues and gain access to appropriate health professionals.
These sheds become a vital link to the community through the undertaking of various projects for individuals, organisations, schools and service clubs.