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Men’s Shed in Belconnen?

By belcc - 15 February 2008 28

Issues with men’s health, isolation, loneliness and depression are becoming significant health issues in Australia. Men’s Sheds are emerging as a community-driven way of providing significant and practical support for these and other men’s issues.

There are already Men’s Sheds in Canberra – the Majura Men’s Shed (Dickson) and the Lanyon Homestead Shed (Greenway). However, there aren’t any similar services on the north side of Canberra.

As well as a general introduction to Men’s Sheds, the forum will examine the need for a Men’s Shed in Belconnen, and how community groups in Belconnen can work together to get a Men’s Shed established.

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28 Responses to
Men’s Shed in Belconnen?
cranky 10:18 pm 15 Feb 08

Can we get a bit real here! Men’s Sheds is exactly what it says. Forget the political correctness.

We are talking about men generally in ages greater than 50 years, not to be confused with ‘man lovers’. Grumpy (and Cranky) old men should not be confused with any other form of life!

Men’s Sheds are to be greatly admired, because until you are in a position to appreciate the lack of social contact (which is shorthand for life as an old bloke can be pretty diferent from the younger years), these places allow contact between the afflicted. Males do not seem to have the easy ability to make friends – it requires effort. These sheds facilitate such contact, and as mentioned, have medical positives.

Mælinar 9:15 pm 15 Feb 08

I’d prefer it to be called Mens Refuge. There’s certain legal protections afforded the naming that mens shed is not going to receive.

Jonathon Reynolds 6:46 pm 15 Feb 08

Perhaps this makes the article make more sense:
http://www.belcouncil.org.au/

The February 2008 Belconnen Community Forum will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 19 February 2008
Community Room, upstairs Belconnen Library
Chandler Street, Belconnen

The BCC hopes that everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year Break!

To kick off our regular monthly forums for this year, we will be discussing the concept of Men’s Sheds and how they can improve male mental health and reduce social isolation.

As well as a general introduction to Men’s Sheds, the forum will examine the need for a Men’s Shed in Belconnen, and how community groups in Belconnen can work together to get a Men’s Shed established.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 5:32 pm 15 Feb 08

Perhaps the organisers should think about a name change for this service?

“Men’s Sheds” sounds like a homosexual pickup haunt/beat.

swamiOFswank 5:32 pm 15 Feb 08

I just wondered if they have mens stools in mens sheds…

Deadmandrinking 5:07 pm 15 Feb 08

It was a mental map to start with…and I wasn’t too far off.

neanderthalsis 4:49 pm 15 Feb 08

We should change to topic title to “RiotAct contributors show lack of proficiency in map reading”

Deadmandrinking 4:04 pm 15 Feb 08

Oh yeah, the bloody golf-course, still the margin’s pretty thin. Dunlop snakes out pretty close too, though.

Mælinar 3:53 pm 15 Feb 08

Holt is the westernmost suburb in Canberra. Check your map.

Deadmandrinking 3:52 pm 15 Feb 08

My suspicions lead me to believe that also Thumper. Maps help too.

Thumper 3:48 pm 15 Feb 08

Just a hunch but maybe that is why holt, kippax, etc, is called West Belconnen.

Deadmandrinking 3:44 pm 15 Feb 08

Actually, Macgregor or Dunlop would the westernmost suburbs in Canberra. Belconnen itself is roughly Canberra’s north-west. Dickson is actually more north-east.

Mælinar 3:35 pm 15 Feb 08

I think they mean NorthWest side – I always get the sensation that I am travelling North from Black Mt when I am actually travelling to the westernmost suburb in Canberra.

piperdoon 3:35 pm 15 Feb 08

part ov da east-side massif init???

caf 3:23 pm 15 Feb 08

Great idea, but since when was Dickson not “north side”?

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