Creatively encouraged and harnessed Men’s Sheds can be much more than old blokes hammering, talking and drinking coffee. Given the right support they are open to responding to any call which helps them achieve their potential as a value adding contributor to the well-being of the community.
Students with intellectual disabilities from the Peninsula Specialist College in Dromana can easily go further afield for their bike riding excursions now that they have two purpose-built trailers to carry their bikes and equipment.
The two trailers are the result of a project with a high degree of co-operation between the College, a number of community organisations and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. Construction of the trailers and project administration was undertaken by the Main Ridge Men’s Shed with funds from the College supplemented with grants from the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Red Hill Lions Club.
Flinders Kindergarten approached the Shed to build a community lending library, and a bench to go with it, to be placed in the Flinders park outside their gate. This project was a collaboration of the Flinders Kindergarten’s vision, the Main Ridge Men’s Shed workmanship, and generosity of the Balnarring Bendigo Bank.
Red Hill Consolidated School asked the Shed to provide bookshelves for the books used in the classrooms for the junior grades. The books are now easier to find and are being maintained in much better condition because they are stored correctly. Shed members made the shelves at the Shed and then transported them and installed them securely on site.