Are you interested in starting a Men’s Shed?

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 WAMSA 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 WAMSA 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 .

For some handy hints on both establishing and operating a Shed click here.

For more information or assistance please contact:

Mike Wiggin
Promotions and Development Officer
Email: promotions@wamsa.org.au
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 amsa@mensshed.net (preferred).

Funding:

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 Grants

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

Service clubs will often adopt a shed as a project in order to get it established.

Insurance:

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:

Phone: 1800 316 432
Email: 
Website: http://info.ajg.com.au/mens-shed
Form: http://info.ajg.com.au/mens-shed-proposal-form

Dan James

(03) 9412 1505
0466 511 573

Jobs Australia offers a very wide range of items covered.

Ross Mackay

(03) 9349 3699

AMSA has a comprehensive insurance policy tailored to meet the needs of Sheds.

Melissa White

1300 550 009