General Men’s Shed Information
The common theme in all Sheds throughout Australia (there are more than 1,200 now established) is about men feeling useful and contributing to their communities, learning or sharing their skills, making friends, networking and availing themselves of health information programs and opportunities.
Activities within Sheds are many and various: woodwork, metal work, restoration of old cars, “portable” Sheds taken to Alzheimer facilities or mobile Sheds for remote country areas.
The membership is diverse too. Men from all backgrounds, ethnic and social mixes can enjoy a Men’s Shed, bringing their unique cultural characteristics to enliven the activities.
More information on the Yass Valley Men’s Shed Inc. which is a non-profit, community organisation and registered Charity and has been granted Deductible Gift Recipient status by the Australian Tax Office.
Our main aims are to assist local men by providing a safe venue and focusing on programs and activity that promotes and assists Men’s Health (physical, mental, emotional etc). To this end we run seminars and talks on health issues including presentations from/on the Black Dog Institute, Beyond Blue, Anger Management, Hearing, First Aid and Defibrilator training as well as financial advice for people approaching the need for nursing home decisions).
Our “Useful Websites” page contains details of other Men’s Shed organisitions and support as well as an extensive lists of links to mental and physical health providers (including cancer sites, suicide prevention, Alzheimers, “Your Brain Matters” etc). We also have materials in the Shed on many of these organisitions and the assistance they provide.
What happens at the Yass Valley Men’s Shed? That is basically up to the membership of our Shed and continues to change and develop as time goes on.
We have a well-developed collection of wood working tools in Jack’s Workshop (named for Jack Schenning who donated his entire professional tool kit to the Shed). We also have a very well resourced metal workshop. Bring along your own projects, learn to use a new device.
A Garden Group is operating a very successful garden established in the grounds at the back of the Shed. This garden is available for community use. In October 2020 an extensive Bush Tucker Garden, part funded by a $4,500 Grant from the NSW Government was officially opened by the Local Member, Wendy Tuckerman MP. This is a Community Garden and all locals and visitors are welcome to visit, enjoy it, get involved etc.
We have a “state of the art” kitchen and regular food events and coffee and conversation events are a feature. We have a billiards/snooker table and members who are keen to play cards, chess, music etc.
We regularly welcome disabled people (both as members and visitors) and undertake visits to other Sheds or welcome members of other Sheds to our Shed. We also plan and undertake excursions to places of interest, conduct occasional community seminars (often on men’s health issues) and engage in relevant Yass Valley community events.
While our principal focus is on supporting and enjoying all of our Shed members (ie not so much and “out-reach” organisation as one that specialises in “in-reach”, we do get involved in worthwhile issues outside the walls. Over the years we have raised donations for BlazeAid, Lions Club programs donated to people and organisations badly affected by floods and fires and contribute to worthwhile organisations in our own community when funds permit.
Our Shed is NOT a job centre, but if you would like to do something, get on with it!
Our Motto is: Minimal bureaucracy, maximum fun.
The environment in The Yass Valley Men’s Shed (YVMS)
We will not tolerate abuse, violence, anti-social behaviour or infringements of the rights of others, persons indulging in this type of behaviour will be asked to leave the Shed.
The Yass Valley Men’s Shed actively promotes inclusiveness, friendship and tolerance. We actively reject discrimination of any kind by any member of the Shed or any visitor to the Shed directed at any member or guest.
Members and visitors are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner towards anyone on the premises at any time. This includes being considerate of other persons’ need for space, tools, materials and equipment as well as avoiding the use of inappropriate language or behaviour.
Membership is $30 a year which covers insurance provided through the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA).
Our membership has stabilised in the 90 to 110 range in recent years.
YVMS Management information
The Shed holds an AGM every April at which a new Committee is elected.
The current YVMS Committee (April 2023 to April 2024) is:
President: Peter Davidson 0439 931 579
Vice President: Keith Chappell 0406 005 460
Secretary/Treasurer: Wayne Stuart 0419 292 022
Member: Ian Bluett
Member: Rob McCarthy
Member: Greg Wondracz
Member and Moderator IT: Ross Stirton
Public Officer: Joe Morrissey 0412 258 300
Project ’23 – the New Workshop Shed
Our major ambition for 2023 has been to build a new 7m x 9m workshop to enhance our already excellent facilities and to improve workshop space and safety for members wishing to use the facilities.
Initial estimates were that we would need $30,000 to build and fit out the workshop. Time and cost increases since initial planning and costing early in the year are likely to result in that estimate being tested.
Our fundraising efforts have resulted in us now having just over $30,000 in the bank – so it is now full steam ahead to get it underway.
Pete Davidson has prepared and lodged the necessary DA (which these days has to go to the NSW Government – prior to it hitting Council). Rob Barker (our esteemed in house Engineer) is preparing drawings for the concrete slab for Council (the slab will be above ground level so that access to all buildings is on the same level.
We have also now lodged an application with the NSW Government for a grant of $15,339 for new machines and tools for the new workshop. Major items include a CNC machine for precision routering, a drum sander, a heavy duty cabinet saw, dust extraction and twin bag dust collection including 6 metres of flexible hose, a heavy duty pedestal drill and a 12” Makita slide compound saw. Also included are a number of smaller items including battery operated tools so that the new workshop will not have to “share” with the existing workshop.
The final decisions have been made on siting and orientation of the Shed. Decisions have also been made on the number, design and location of access doors. MA Steel has updated their quote on the cost and produced more plans now submitted for the DA. Rob Barker has provided engineering advice on the flood assessment – also included in the DA.
This project has been supported by a number of major organisations and community groups in the following amounts:
- IMB Bank Community Foundation $10,000
- Bendigo Community Bank, Boorowa $5,990
- Transgrid $5,000
- Yass Soldiers Club $2,000
- Yass Lions Club $2,000
- Yass Rotary Club $2,000
We have also benefited from a large number of smaller, personal donations to the project. The YVMS Committee and members sincerely thank all our very generous donors.