Men’s Sheds are great sources of goodwill, support for men and help to build community spirit. To ensure that your men’s shed has the best chance of getting off the ground and thriving we advise that you take the following steps.
1. Gauge interest in a men’s shed in your area
Before proceeding too far, the depth of interest in a shed should be tested by arranging a short article in the local newspapers. If there is a positive response, proceed to the next stage which is to organize a well-advertised public meeting.
2. Public meeting and suggested advertising for the event
The most successful meetings of late have been convened by City or Local Government Councils, working in partnership with a community service clubs … Rotary or Lions.
Councils have provided a venue, finance advertising and pamphlets
The clubs organising the forum and run the meeting
Representative from MSWA to present information regarding Sheds.
3. Desirable outcomes of a public meeting
Formation of a Steering Committee
List of persons and their contact details who wish to keep informed about the Shed
A date/time set for the Steering Committee’s initial meeting
4. Next Steps
The establishment of Men’s Shed is seen as a positive opportunity for men and is considered appropriate, given the high level of interest, health benefits, friendships and support from related organizations and the community.
Most Men’s Sheds have the legal status of an incorporated association. Details on how to apply are available at http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/associations-and-clubs
To obtain a copy of a constitution for a Men’s Shed that has been prepared by MSWA to meet the requirements of the WA Department of Commerce, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission and the Australian Taxation Office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For some handy hints on both establishing and operating a Shed click here.
For more information or assistance please contact:
Promotions and Development Officer
Phone: 0408 679 307
Useful links when starting a shed
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) www.mensshed.org
The Australian Men’s Shed Association is funded by the Federal Government to provide initial and ongoing practical support for the development of all Men’s Sheds. A free electronic version of a manual on how to establish and operate a shed is available from AMSA. To obtain a copy either call 1300 550 009 or email email@example.com (preferred).
Your local council
A great place to start when seeking assistance setting up a Men’s Shed is your local council. They will often be able to provide assistance in one form or another. Also they will likely have other contacts and avenues that you may not be aware of. To find contact details for your council visit the WALGA website. www.walga.asn.au
Lotterywest work with community organisations that are providing services, support and inspiration to people throughout Western Australia. Their Grants team is happy to share their experience and can offer a sounding board, additional contacts, as well as ideas and advice. www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants
Department of Veteran’s Affairs Grants
DVA may provide assistance to a shed that has some members of the veteran community. This includes family members of veterans plus veterans from allied countries. Details of the Veteran and Community Grants are available here.
Royalties for Regions
Country sheds could seek funding from Royalties for Regions http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/rfr/Regional-Grants-Scheme/Pages/default.aspx
Australian Men’s Shed Association
The Australian Men’s Shed Association operates a grant program with funds from the Department of Health. Details are available at http://www.mensshed.org
Service clubs will often adopt a shed as a project in order to get it established.
You need to have adequate insurance prior to commencing operations. The following have policies that cater for Sheds.
Arthur J Gallagher offers very good coverage at a cheaper rate than the others mentioned below. They have dedicated Men’s Shed contacts at:
Jobs Australia offers a very wide range of items covered.
AMSA has a comprehensive insurance policy tailored to meet the needs of Sheds.