Men’s Sheds doing their best during ‘frustrating’ time

With hundreds of Men’s Sheds in lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis still reshaping the way we get together, Men’s Shed Week looks and feels a bit different in 2021. Men’s Shed Week runs from August 30 – September 5 and in the true spirit of Men’s Sheds, members are finding ways to overcome the obstacles. Pomonal Men’s Shed secretary Russ Kellett said he and others with the group are doing their best to connect with others, while the men’s shed is shut due to lockdowns. “It has been absolutely frustrating and we are just trying to keep in touch with phone and emails to try and meet the mental health needs of our members,” he said. READ MORE: “We are in the process of getting our shed up and running and so these lockdowns are not helping us. “It is hard at the moment not being able to meet at the shed. “Basically the main role of the men’s shed, as I see it, is for the social and mental health needs of men. “The most important part of the days at the men’s shed are when we sit down with a cuppa and a nice biscuit and solve the problems of the world and it is through that banter and comradery that we meet the needs of our community.” OTHER NEWS: Mr Kellett said new members are welcome to join the group, even in these different times, with anyone interested encouraged to contact him on 0438 204 929. Since the early 1990’s Men’s Sheds have played an important role in providing men with a place to go, a community to belong to and mates that make it all worthwhile. Now over 1200 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds are vibrant, diverse and thriving community hubs supporting thousands of communities around Australia, and the world. Find your local shed at mensshed.org If you can see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Stawell Times-News, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling Stawell’s story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great town.

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With hundreds of Men’s Sheds in lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis still reshaping the way we get together, Men’s Shed Week looks and feels a bit different in 2021.

Men’s Shed Week runs from August 30 – September 5 and in the true spirit of Men’s Sheds, members are finding ways to overcome the obstacles.

Pomonal Men’s Shed secretary Russ Kellett said he and others with the group are doing their best to connect with others, while the men’s shed is shut due to lockdowns.

“It has been absolutely frustrating and we are just trying to keep in touch with phone and emails to try and meet the mental health needs of our members,” he said.

“We are in the process of getting our shed up and running and so these lockdowns are not helping us.

“It is hard at the moment not being able to meet at the shed.

“Basically the main role of the men’s shed, as I see it, is for the social and mental health needs of men.

“The most important part of the days at the men’s shed are when we sit down with a cuppa and a nice biscuit and solve the problems of the world and it is through that banter and comradery that we meet the needs of our community.”

Mr Kellett said new members are welcome to join the group, even in these different times, with anyone interested encouraged to contact him on 0438 204 929.

Since the early 1990’s Men’s Sheds have played an important role in providing men with a place to go, a community to belong to and mates that make it all worthwhile.

Now over 1200 Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds are vibrant, diverse and thriving community hubs supporting thousands of communities around Australia, and the world.

If you can see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Stawell Times-News, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling Stawell’s story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great town.

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