THE Howrah Men’s Shed had the chance to show off their best work recently when they welcomed Tasmanian Labor Senator Catryna Bilyk for a special tour of the workshop.
Among the works on display were bird boxes, a children’s picnic table with a sandbox top and even a computer-controlled wood router.
Howrah Men’s Shed vice-president Chris Smith said members were “very pleased” to welcome Senator Bilyk into their workshop.
“It was very nice to chat with her and it’s great to see that she is taking an interest in local issues, our shed and the many projects we have going,” he said.
“These projects include maintenance of bikes for the Southern Support School, the creation of picnic tables with sandpits tops for Risdon Vale Primary School and general work for the Howrah Recreation Centre and Howrah Bowls Club.”
Senator Bilyk said she always enjoyed the opportunity to visit Men’s Sheds, particularly to see the transformational impact they have on men’s lives.
“The support that the Howrah Men’s Shed has received from all levels of Government and the incredible hard work that members have put into some of the building’s improvements just goes to show how valued this facility is,” she said.
“I am pleased to see the Howrah Men’s Shed going from strength to strength, with new works planned on the concrete sealing of the shed’s driveway and around 70 members now on the books.”
The Men’s Shed movement started as a means of offering an environment that encouraged men to talk and work together, to foster social connection and improve mental health.
The movement has since grown to almost 1000 sheds nationwide, supporting tens of thousands of members.
Mr Smith said he was consistently amazed by how much community support the Men’s Shed received.
“We get a lot of community donations of equipment and supplies, which goes a long way to helping us run the programs and do the work we do,” he said.
“The establishment and success of the Howrah Men’s Shed has been a whole community effort.”
Caption: Howrah Men’s Shed members, from left, Chris Costelloe, Dennis Richardson, Greg Ryan and vice president Chris Smith with Tasmanian Labor Senator Catryna Bilyk.