Australia’s fastest growing male organisation, Men’s Shed is helping to save lives while assisting the community.
Data released earlier this year from the Australian Bureau of Statistics states males aged over 85 years, had the highest suicide rate in 2012 (37.6 per 100,000) and was considerably higher than all other age groups.
Member of Labrador Men’s Shed, Eddie Gerrard said the shed has saved more than one life.
“People die when they are alone,” he said.
Mr Gerrard said although he has his own shed at home, he likes coming to work on his projects here because it gets him out of the house and he enjoys the camaraderie.
“We talk about men’s things, not women’s things,” he said.
Secretary for Queensland and Labrador Men’s Shed Association, Len Thomson said it’s the fastest growing organisation for men within the last 50 years.
He said to men are reluctant to talk about health issues and relationships and these are things that need to be discussed.
The Men’s Shed Association is for men who have retired, who built their social network around business and can feel like they are no longer contributing to society.
“The role of the shed provides a workshop facility and mateship,” Mr Thomson said.
“Women talk face to face, men talk shoulder to shoulder”.
Recently one of the Labrador members was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“All of a sudden everyone is talking about it,” Mr Thomson said.
“It creates awareness and for the person who was diagnosed, it gets them talking about it rather than bottling it up.”
The Labrador Men’s Shed contributes to the Gold Coast community with fundraising, mentoring programs for school kids, assisting with maintenance at Gold Coast PCYC and odd jobs for those in need.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association is not for profit and has almost 1100 registered sheds in Australia serving the needs of more than 120 000 men.
The Australian concept has now expanded world wide.
Men’s Shed Labrador is located at 57 Billington St Labrador, QLD.
Contact Len Thompson
Phone: 0417 425 007