Did you know that we have 4 men’s sheds in Boroondara?
A men’s shed is a community space which welcomes men of all backgrounds and ages to socialise and join in a range of activities. We have 4 men’s sheds in Boroondara; Alamein, Kew, Hawthorn and Balwyn North.
They play an important role in the community, creating supportive and welcoming environments where members have the chance to keep active and meet new people, as well as share and learn new skills, like woodwork.
The men’s shed in Buchanan Avenue, Balwyn North is a joint project between Council and the North Balwyn Rotary Club. It opened in September 2017 and has already grown its active membership base to 77.
Chairman and President, Tony Hart explained that the shed came about when the North Balwyn Rotary Club held a forum with the local community and a shed was flagged as a top priority.
"Everyone was keen to create a place for socialising and a safe place to discuss mental health,” Tony said.
One of the main activities on offer is woodwork, with members able to collaborate on assignments or bring in their own personal project. Supervisor, Tony Brownbill stressed that members don’t need to have skills to join.
“A lot of us have skilled backgrounds so we are here to teach new members”, Tony said.
Many men go into retirement and don’t know what to do with their time. The shed gives them a place to go and something to do, as well as companionship.
Men’s sheds also provide members with the chance to give back to their community through helping with maintenance jobs and special projects.
Supervisor, Bernie Smith said the men’s shed was recently approached by a local kindergarten to create a boot rack for the kids.
"We also built a cubby house for Bunnings, who then donated it to a special school in Burwood," Bernie said.
The North Balwyn Men’s Shed is expanding its offerings by revamping its outdoor area to create garden beds for those with a green thumb and a safe area for members to do metal work.