Canterbury Men's Shed

Older man working on a piece of wood using hand tools

The Canterbury Men’s Shed aims to promote the health and well being of men of all ages. We offer a fully equipped workshop where men can share time with each other, swap yarns and work together on community projects. In the Shed, members can work on their own projects, make and repair small items of furniture, toys and craft items. There is plenty of time for talking and members share lunch together each day the Shed is open.

The individual contribution of each participant at the Canterbury Men’s Shed is recognized as being of great value, regardless of the level of participation in the Shed’s projects and activities. Shed members share skills and knowledge and there is always something new to learn or a wood working problem to solve. The Canterbury Men’s Shed operates within a framework of good nature and camaraderie  ... although we do have some rules and regulations to ensure everyone who comes down to the Shed is provided with a safe, welcoming and friendly environment.

Members at the Shed can contribute to various community projects whilst some items are sold to raise funds to cover our running costs. The Men's Shed holds an annual Toy Sale in the month leading up to Christmas and this is a highlight for the year.

The Canterbury Mens Shed receives no recurrent government funding and relies on donations, sales and the support of the Canterbury ClubGrants Program. The Shed was established in 2007 operating from the wood work room at Canterbury Boys High School one afternoon each week. In 2010 the Shed moved to its own premises at 109 Clissold Pde Campsie – with the help of a lot of community partners and the fantastic support of Canterbury City Council in providing the Mens Shed space at a peppercorn rental and overseeing the refurbishment of the building.

The Canterbury Men's Shed is auspiced by Canterbury City Community Centre.

 

If you are interested in joining the Canterbury Men’s Shed download the Information Pack or call the Canterbury Men’s Shed Coordinator on 9789 2710 (Wednesdays and Fridays).

 

FAQ: 

 

Who can join?

The Canterbury Men's Shed is for older men (50 years and over) who live in the Canterbury Local Government Area. Members can participate for as much or as little time as they wish. We do accept members from out of area providing there are vacancies.

I've never used power tools, can I still join?

No problem! Skilled members can show you how to use them and we have many projects which suit different skill levels. Orientation to all machines is given with some of our more complex machines used by only qualified members.

How much does it cost?

An annual fee of $25 is paid each year which contributes to our running costs and can include membership of Canterbury City Community Centre if required. A daily attendance fee of $3 is collected which includes tea/coffee and a light lunch prepared by the members. A monthly barbecue is held and a fee of $5 is paid on these days.

How do I get involved?

The Canterbury Men's Shed is open three days during the week for members - it does not offer a drop-in for un-registered members. If you are interested in joining call the Community Worker, Shed Projects on 9789 2710 or the main Centre on 9750 9344 to obtain a Membership Application form and to find out which days have vacancies. We encourage you to visit before joining.

What days is the Canterbury Men's Shed open?

The Shed is open from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Space is used by Shed Mates on Tuesdays and the Canterbury Bike Shed on Saturdays.

Can the Men's Shed help me with a Project?

We support other not for profit Organisations through designing and constructing custom made items which support the work of helping others. Recent Projects have included the Little Free Library Canterbury Library Services, Office shelving for Garden Care, outdoor potting benches for a local Primary School community garden, and ramps for Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre. We can work out a solution for anything from raised garden beds to possum boxes for environmental groups and usually seek a reimbursement for the cost of materials. If you would like to request our support fill out the Project Request Form or talk to the Community Worker on 9789 2710 on Wednesdays and Fridays to discuss further.

Men's Shed Members can also help individuals with small jobs. If you would like to request our support complete the Request Form or call us on 9789 2710.

Do you need donations?

We are always on the look out for good quality timber. Please call the Shed on 9789 2710 and we can discuss further.

Can I buy items made by the Men's Shed?

Yes! We have a Toy and Craft Sale each year - usually in November.

How do I get there?

The Shed is located at 109 Clissold Parade, Campsie - within 200 metres of Campsie Train Station and even closer to the buses which run along Beamish St. There is plenty of parking in Campsie although much of it is time limited.