SHARING A SHED: Robert Brown, Tony Bell, Colin Webb, Col Tessmer, Ian Ellis and Rick Reedman of the Men's Shed in Namour will be hosting an open day.
SHARING A SHED: Robert Brown, Tony Bell, Colin Webb, Col Tessmer, Ian Ellis and Rick Reedman of the Men's Shed in Namour will be hosting an open day. John McCutcheon

Club offers "Hubby day care” for $5 a day

TONY Bell joined the Nambour Men's Shed the day it opened, and now he wants others to do the same.

The shed has been operating for five years, and Mr Bell said in that time he had made friends and learned new hobbies he never thought he'd delve into.

"My daughter heard about the shed so I looked into it and have been there since day one,” he said.

"The basic premise of a men's shed is to provide an informal location where the men of a community can spend time engaged in manual crafts such as woodworking, metal working of the restoration of old furniture.

"It's a place where men can be socially active and form new friendships... it allows new opportunities for activities and interaction in their lives post work.”

The shed is open five days a week and members contribute $5 a day or $10 a week to be a part.

The build, mend and share hobbies.

"It's like hubby day care for only $5 a day,” he said with a laugh.

All jokes aside, Mr Bell said the shed offered a common ground of support for all members, and an opportunity to have a chat or sit back and read the newspaper.

"A men's shed is a place where men in their retirement years can go and mix - there are a lot of cases where men are widowed and this is something for themselves to keep occupied,” Mr Bell said.

"It has been proven that a Men's Shed is great for the community - the suicide rate in men is very high, especially for after retirement, we promote men's health as often as possible.”

Mr Bell is hoping more members join the Nambour group.

They will host an open day this month for anyone interested.

"It's a day where we are inviting people to pop in for a look,” Mr Bell said.

"A lot of people have said to us, 'I wish my dad would go, or my husband would go', it's a chance for these people to come in and have a look.

"We don't push people to doing anything hands on, if they want to join and just come and sit down, have a cup of tea and read the paper that's fine with us.”

The open day will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 8-12noon at the Nambour Men's Shed at 8 Colless Lane.

A sausage sizzle will be provided and all are invited to come along and see what the shed involves.


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