Support for a Kingscote Men’s Shed got the thumbs up from Councillors at this month’s meeting when they offered $10,000 to kick start the invaluable community service.
One of the key project organisers Allan Henderson said the service was “much needed” in the community.
“There is a very real need for this type of service in Kingscote, and not just for older men, men of all ages can benefit from coming along to a Men’s Shed and getting involved,” he said.
“On behalf of everyone who has been working so hard to see it come to life, we just want to say thank you.”
Mr Henderson said organisers were aware of many men who were not very connected to the community that could benefit from the program.
“If they don’t belong to sports clubs, churches or community groups and they don’t have a big family or friends nearby, it can be pretty isolating and men don’t tend to talk to anyone about it or do anything about it – they just sit around in their cave,” he said.
“Men’s Sheds offer an answer to that because they are relaxed but active places where men can get involved in team projects and be part of a supportive network where they also get information from visiting speakers like health practitioners”.
The Kangaroo Island mental health team at Country Health SA confirmed that many men do not take a lot of responsibility for their physical or mental health and are known to seek help far too late.
They see Men’s Sheds acting as a conduit to provide health information to this less active group in an informal, non-threatening way.
They also see Men’s Sheds as playing a key role for men transitioning from work to retirement – a common time for depression to emerge.
Mayor Peter Clements said council was delighted to support the Men’s Shed and help get it up and running.
“A few of us, including Graeme Ricketts and myself, have been behind it since Iris Noyce and Allan Henderson came up with the idea over a year ago,” he said.
The Men’s Shed is located at 9A Telegraph Road, Kingscote.
- For inquiries, contact Men’s Shed Chairman Graeme Connell on 0408 806 272.