Toronto Men’s Shed Inc. is a member of the Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) which consists of some 700 plus sheds throughout Australia. The various sheds provide spaces for men of all ages to get together to build and repair things or just a chat over a cuppa.
Our shed began its life in June, 2011 with a meeting of about 30 men at a local church hall. Since October, 2011 we have been running for 2 days a week at the old Awaba Community Hall. Toronto Men’s Shed has approximately 60 members with around 15 turning up each day we are open. Available at the shed currently are opportunities for woodwork, metalwork and repairing of motor mowers and line trimmers. We have a fairly wide range of equipment for these tasks ranging from large metal and wood lathes and saws through to various hand tools for those so inclined? Of course, most of our equipment has been donated by locals and this has made it possible for us to have such a wide range on such a limited budget.
Our shed also encourages members and visitors to bring different skills and start new activities or you may just want to come along and have a cuppa and a chat. We have a computer on site which has an internet connection and we encourage anybody interested to come and use it or educate others in the “mysteries” of the beast.
Along with the activities at the Toronto Men’s Shed, we are encouraging members to become involved with the community around us. At the moment we are doing various projects including gardening at the Lake Macquarie Historical Society office at the old Toronto railway station and garden maintenance for some elderly members of a local church. Members have repaired outdoor picnic tables for a local preschool and are building possum and bird boxes for the pupils of a local school to assemble.
Along with these activities we hold regular fund raising BBQ’s and are planning a Jumbo Raffle to be drawn around Christmas. We are always looking for ways to raise money to keep our shed going so new ideas are always welcome. Our only income comes from our fundraising and applying for grants for various projects.
Our plan is to build a new purpose built shed within the next couple of years as our current building is already proving to be too small for all the activities we would like to run.
Everyone is welcome to come along and visit, have a look around and see if you would like to join.
Membership is just $25 per year.