Horsham, Victoria, Australia
0353621222
info@wimmerapcp.org.au

Wimmera Men’s Shed Network

working together for healthy communities

The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. If you looked inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, maybe making Mynah bird traps or fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. You might also see a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with. You will see tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. You will probably also see an area where men can learn to cook for themselves or they can learn how to contact their families by computer.

So what is so special about this new type of Men’s Shed? Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. There has been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help. Probably because of this many men are less healthy than women, they drink more, take more risks and they suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression. Relationship breakdown, retrenchment or early retirement from a job, loss of children following divorce, physical or mental illness are just some of the problems that men find it hard to deal with on their own.

Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and an active mind. Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed gives a man that safe and busy environment where he can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.

Members of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life – the bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and they would like something meaningful to do with that time.

(Australian Men’s Shed Association, 2013)

Come and see for yourself. 

Men’s Sheds are an alcohol, drug and smoke free ‘workplace’. Every effort has been and will continue to be made to ensure that the work area is compliant with workplace OH&S standards to minimise risk of injury to participants. There are very few rules. The only obligation is for the member to enjoy his time at the shed and contribute to the enjoyment of other members.

The Wimmera Men’s Shed Network is hosted and supported by Wimmera Primary Care Partnership and meets regularly to share resources and ideas about further developing and supporting Men’s Sheds. For further information Horsham Mens Shed – 2019please contact Geoff Witmitz on (03) 5362 1225.

Wimmera Men’s Shed Contact List:

Balmoral Men’s Shed – Angling Clubroom, Coleraine Road – PO Box 20 – (03) 5570 1304 – Lyn Iredell – bbnc.csc@swarh.vic.gov.au – Open: Thu 1.30pm to 5pm

Barkuma Men’s Group – Arnott Street Horsham – (03) 5381 9336 – Caitlyn Kerr – wcoadmin@whcg.org.au – Open: Thu 10am to 3pm – Access by Referral Only

Dimboola Men’s Shed – 12 Wimmera Street Dimboola – (03) 5397 2137 – Greg McKenzie – dimboolalions@gmail.com

Donald Men’s Shed – Show Grounds, Hammill Street Donald – 0417 587 450 – Ray Walker – dms@gir.net.au – Open: daily

Edenhope Men’s Shed – 49 Elizabeth Street (behind Council Chambers) Edenhope – (03) 5585 1270 – Ron Williams – Open Tue, Wed & Thu 10am to 3.30pm

Goroke Men’s Shed – 21 Main Street Goroke – (03) 5586 1156 0 0447 861 156 – Rob Stacey – gorokemensshed@gmail.com@gmail.com – Open: Mon & Wed 9am to 4pm

Harrow Men’s Shed – 17 Swanston Street Harrow – (03) 5588 2000 – operationsadmin@hbnc.org.au – Open: Thursdays

Hopetoun Men’s Shed – Neighbourhood House, PO Box 25 Hopetoun – 0466 080 633 – Brian Decker – bdecker7@bigpond.com – (03) 5083 3408 – Cindy Wooding – Open: Wednesdays 10am to 4pm

Horsham Men’s Shed – 20 O’Callaghans Parade (old Ambulance Station) – PO BOx 501 Horsham – 0428 358 672 – Geoff Witmitz – geoff.witmitz@wimmerapcp.org.au – 0417 016 574 – Chas McDonald – Open Tue & Wed 9.30am to 4pm

Kaniva Men’s Shed – Commercial Street Kaniva – 0418 822 868 – Barry Witmitz – (03) 5392 2493 – Maure Ashfield – 0439 855 350 – Charlie Ferrier – charlie.ferrier@hotmail.com – Open: Tue 2pm to 4pm

Minyip Men’s Shed – South Street Minyip – 0429 857 306 – Stephen Kirk – skirkart01@gmail.commensshedminyip@gmail.com – Open: Tue & Wed (sometimes Thu)

Minyip Men’s Matters Group – West Wimmera Health Services – Minyip – (03) 5363 1200 – Trudy Tegelhuter – trudy.tegelhuter@wwhs.net.au – Every 2nd Friday, planned trip, waiting list, limited places

Murtoa & District Men’s Shed – SLAAM – 36 MacDonald Street Murtoa – (03) 5585 2785 – Jill Elliott – slaamurt@bigpond.net.au – Open: Tue & Wed 9am to 11am

Natimuk Men’s Shed – Jory Street – PO Box 26 Natimuk – 0429 019 747 – Graeme Hately – Elston Arnold – elston.arnold@bigpond.com – Open: Thu & Sat 9am to 12pm

Nhill Men’s Shed – 57 Victoria Street Nhill – (03) 5391 2078 – Clive Crouch – nhillmensshed@gmail.com – Open Tue & Thu 10am to 12pm & 2pm to 4pm

Rupanyup Men’s Shed – 27 Cromie Street Rupanyup – 0427 855 097 – Adrian Tyler – adrian.tyler@tylerhrs.com.au – Open Wednesdays 9am to 12pm

Warracknabeal Men’s Shed – Apex Shed, Scott Street Warracknabeal – (03) 5398 1532 – 0417 336 515 – gwlovel2@gmail.com – Open: Mon & Wed 8am to 12pm & Fri 1pm to 4pm

Rainbow Men’s Shed – King Street – PO Box 10 Rainbow – 0438 313 052 – Alison Ey – rainbowhouse@bigpond.com – 0410 334 175 – Robert John – Opening Soon

St Arnaud Men’s Shed – 34 Alma Street St Arnaud – (03) 5495 2579 – Al Shalton – Open: Tue & Thu 9am to 5pm

Woomelang Men’s Shed – Proctor Street – PO Box 16 Woomelang – (03) 5081 2165 – Ruth Mitchell – Carol Paech – woombnc@bigpond.com – Open: Mon 10am to 12pm & Wed 10am to 2pm