Men's sheds

Who goes there, what happens and where are they located? 

Community-based men’s sheds are an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. 

Men’s sheds are usually equipped with tools and are a place for men to work on their own projects, and community projects. If you looked inside one you might see men restoring furniture, working on a project for a local school, making Myna bird traps or fixing lawn mowers. You might also see young men working with the older men to learn new skills. 

However, it’s not all about the tools. Many men who attend their local men’s shed simply do so to have a chat, talk about their lives, meet new people and feel connected to other people in their community. 

There are always tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area to sit and talk. Some sheds have cooking facilities where men can prepare and share meals, while others have computers with internet access where men can learn how to contact their families and friends using digital tools.

Find a local men's shed