Men’s Sheds across the country, and the world, may have been forced to close but the fellowship of the community has not been allowed to falter.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association has launched The AMSA Shed Online to help Shedder’s stay connected during a period where Australians are being encouraged to stay at home.
“We’ve developed this online platform as a way to keep men engaged. The site is based on an idea that we developed with Beyond Blue and the Movember platform a few years ago, which was very successful,” said a Men’s Shed spokesperson.
“Men can jump on and still engage with other Shedders, not only in Australia, but around the world. We are all about connectedness and this is a challenge for the organisations and sheds themselves. We are aware that not all shedders are literate in IT so the way we are trying to contact them is the old-fashioned phone system,” said the Men’ Shed spokesperson.
Locally the Bingara Men’s Shed shut it’s doors as required, however they have been looking out for each other and maintaining contact by phone where possible says representative, Ian Meade.
Advice from the Men’s Shed Association to people feeling isolated is to stay positive, stay connected where you can and stay informed and safe. If you are really struggling, make a phone call if you can. Stay in contact with one another.
We encourage all your members to register and join the conversation at The AMSA Shed Online: www.mensshed.org/theshedonline
Mensline 1300 7899 78 and Lifeline 13 11 14.