THE Buderim Men's Shed has long been around to support local blokes, and now it is answering the call from women in need.

The Shed will be giving single mothers, wives, daughters and even grandmothers the skills to run a household on their own without the need to call a handyman.

A pilot course in February will show women all the tricks of the trade in areas like carpentry and plumbing down to the everday tasks like changing a lightbulb, hanging a painting and clearing a drain.

Buderim Men's Shed vicepresident Barry Cheales said the program came about as a way to involve women in The Shed, and to empower mothers in single-parent homes.

"It doesn't necessarily have to be single females, it might be other females wanting to learn about house maintenance," he said.

"In the early stages we'll be keeping the course short and to the point, very practical.

A WOMAN IN A MEN’S SHED? Yes, Graham Down of Buderim Men’s Shed teaches Leona Johnson how to handle a bandsaw.
A WOMAN IN A MEN’S SHED? Yes, Graham Down of Buderim Men’s Shed teaches Leona Johnson how to handle a bandsaw. John Mccutcheon

"Hopefully it will be giving people the confidence to trouble-shoot in their own home."

The Men's Shed will roll out the first course in February following a $2700 Energex grant they received for the initiative this month.

Mr Cheales said if the pilot course was successful, the Shedders would look to run more courses throughout 2015.

"We'll get a feeling for numbers and what is practical to be included in a session," he said.

"Then we might open up another course for motor vehicles, and how to do basic car maintenance."

The first course will run over three weeks, with one session a week.

Initial intake for the course will be for 20 women.

Phone the Buderim Men's Shed on 5445 2202 for more information.


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