Men’s Shed opens on strong foundations

Published: Comments:
Business & Economy Creative Arts Lifestyle Seniors

Social:   

After months of exciting build-up, the big moment arrived last Sunday.
 
In front of a large gathering of friends, supporters, sponsors and politicians, Coolum Men’s Shed opened.
 
It’s been said that through unity comes strength, and there’s living proof of that at this shed. Across the coast and around the country, Men's Sheds are now established as part of the health infrastructure that supports programs to improve men's health and well-being.
 
Positioned on Research Street in the Coolum Eco Industrial Park off Coolum-Yandina Road, the Coolum Men’s Shed cost in excess of $250,000 including fitout, and is the result of five years of dedicated work by its members, and support from Council grants, State and Federal Government grants, and local businesses.
 
Membership steadily rose as the shed was being built, and now stands at 60 members. President, Russell Lunn said things started getting serious in 2015 when they were granted the lease on land in the industrial estate.
 
“We have enjoyed tremendous support through significant and consistent fundraising by our dedicated members. Major sponsors such as Sunshine Coast Council and the Marcoola Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank have been with us every step of the way. Local businesses helped with landfill, construction materials, cabinet making, electrical work, tiling, air conditioning, security lighting, and fire and safety equipment fitout. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and now we’re open the fun work begins,” Russell said.
 
“We see great opportunity for the Coolum community in the new shed. Now we’re able to work freely in this structure, membership will increase and skills will be attracted in diverse areas. For example metalworking, leatherwork, stained glass, jewellery-making, or musical instrument manufacturing. Additionally, forums and workshops will provide a platform to improve and sustain physical and mental health of men, and to develop life skills and knowledge in areas such as computing, internet skills, even cooking and home care,” he added.
 
It’s felt that Australia’s 1,000 Men’s Sheds and more than 150,000 members have helped prevent an estimated 1,500 suicides a year.
 
“Men don’t want to talk about problems as much,” Russell shared.
 
“Generally, we don’t make a friend of a GP until we’re in our 30’s and while Men’s Shed members are mostly retirees, younger men had started to come along. There’s always a great atmosphere amongst the group,” he concluded.
 
The shed is open three days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00am - 3.00pm. Every Friday there’s a social BBQ lunch. If you would like to know more, call Russell on 0418 754 798, or email: coolummensshed@gmail.com. Anyone is welcome to stop by and have a chat.

Coolum Men's Shed opening (3)


 
Marcoola Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank :
Shop 1, 930 David Low Way, Marcoola
07 5448 8582
07 5448 9689
Marcoola Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Marcoola’s Australia Day bash set to rock 06 January 2018 | After another amazing turnout last year, the highly anticipated Marcoola Rocks Australia Day celebration is sure to draw big crowds on January 26. More information...
It’s beginning to look a lot like a North Shore Christmas 27 November 2017 | The Days of Christmas are already counting down and the Christmas spirit is in the air. That was evident last weekend when thousands of locals flocked to the North Shore Community Centre’s annual Christmas... More information...
Coolum Netball celebrates its future 25 November 2017 | The Coolum District Netball Association was a sea of smiling faces last week. Season Two of Modified Netball wrapped up with the presentation of trophies for the many teams. A total of 22 teams, 15 of which were... More information...
Men’s Shed opens on strong foundations 15 November 2017 | After months of exciting build-up, the big moment arrived last Sunday. In front of a large gathering of friends, supporters, sponsors and politicians, Coolum Men’s Shed opened. More information...
20th Coolum Carnival draws a record crowd 08 November 2017 | Coolum and North Shore locals just can’t get enough of a good thing. In the school's 100th year there were hundreds of ways to enjoy Coolum most popular community event. More information...
North Shore Football Club celebrate another great season 28 August 2017 | The final ball has been kicked for the 2017 season, and what a year it has been at North Shore Football Club. More information...
Mudjimba Kindy thankful and excited about Open Day 23 August 2017 | Child Protection Week will take centre stage next week, serving as a timely reminder of the faith we put in others to keep our kids safe. More information...
Our North Shore kids just love Healthy Harold 03 August 2017 | There’s nothing like the smile on the face of our kids, and at Coolum Beach Christian College they couldn’t have been any wider this week. More information...
Marcoola community celebrates milestone 04 July 2017 | It certainly was a trip down memory lane when the Marcoola Community Group celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 60’s themed party at the Marcoola Surf Club last Saturday and many locals coming forward to share... More information...
Oh to be Under 8 27 June 2017 | There’s nothing quite like watching kids just being kids. Last week, Pacific Paradise State School’s held their annual Under-8s Day celebration. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service