HOWRAH MEN'S SHED

 

Howrah Men’s Shed is a voluntary non-profit organisation that aims to provide a facility where members can meet, have fun, engage in practical projects while at the same time ensuring that the Howrah Men’s Shed develops into a valuable community facility supported by a thriving and active membership.

We welcome members irrespective of race, creed, gender, sexual preference or age.

Whether or not you wish to spend time making your favourite project such a toy for a grand-child, or just drop in for a chat and a cup of tea/coffee - that’s fine.

We have the Shed, the tools and equipment you need.  Our members have the experience, knowledge and training to get you started once you have been inducted.

Membership

We have over sixty members. Some attend once a month, others several times a week. Members have a wide-range of skills from spinning the best yarn to be an expert wood craftsperson. 

Governance

Howrah Men’s Shed is an incorporated association with a management committee and executive committee that meet not less than monthly. The Annual General Meeting of members is held in August each year.

Funding

The Howrah Men’s Shed strives to be sustainable. Funds come from members, fund raising, donations, sponsorship and grants.

The main expenditure is insurance for members and running costs such as power and water.

Partners

The location of the Shed is strategic, being adjacent to the Howrah Comunity Centre and schools. The Shed partners with the Southern Support School and Howrah Primary School.

fees

Annual membership is currently $60.

Provision can be made for members with special needs to receive assistance with the cost.

Shed times

Shed times are from 9.00am to 12.00pm on the following days, excluding public holidays:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

 

 

Contact Information 

President: John Bastick - 0409622430

Secretary: Greg Ryan - 0427489171

 

 

About Howrah Men’s Shed

 

The Howrah Men’s Shed is one of the newest purpose built Sheds in Tasmania and is next to the Howrah Community Centre which includes the Howrah Bowls Club and Tennis Centre at 11 Howrah Road, Howrah.

The Howrah Men’s Shed was created following successful assistance (both financial and practical) from the Clarence City Council, State Government, local and other organisational grants/donations.

Whilst the Howrah Men’s Shed was officially opened by the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honorable Kate Warner AM in November 2015, it did not become operational until February 2016.

It now boasts a fully equipped workshop/shed of both woodworking and metalworking equipment. It also contains an area for morning tea and other activities, toilet facilities and soon to be completed outside activity area (gas barbeque and seating). The mezzanine floor at the back of the Shed contains an ever growing supply of timber and other materials received from donations.

The Shed currently has about 60 financial members who meet at a time convenient to them for the opportunity to participate in creating personal items, assisting with community projects or just being able to chat with like-minded men over a cuppa. 

Membership is open to interested persons from any location. Please feel free to visit our Shed for a look around, have a chat with the Session Supervisor (in red hi vis vest) and other members in the Shed at that time. An application form is readily available.

On completion and lodgement of the application form, an induction session is then conducted to ensure that all safety procedures are known and we become aware of your personal circumstances and needs prior to being allowed to begin activities in the Shed. 

The safety of our members whilst engaging in Shed activities is our primary objective before anything else.

 

 

Our Mission Statement

To provide a forum and physical location where members can regularly assemble in a safe environment, to share skills, make friends and network with other members with the primary purpose of enhancing their personal well-being.

To be inclusive and a place where members can socialise, feel welcome, useful, valued and contribute to their community.

To draw on the collective knowledge and skills of the membership in order to support community-based projects.


Our Values

The Howrah Men’s Shed is committed to providing members with an opportunity:
 To interact in a safe, healthy and friendly environment where all members are treated with respect and dignity to foster enhanced self-esteem and where members are encouraged to give back to the local community.


Our Aims

Focus on safety and ensure compliance with the Tasmanian Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and the Howrah Men’s Shed safety protocols.

Enjoy the company of each other and encourage a sense of belonging.

Assist men of all ages and background through mate-ship, mentoring and support.

Facilitate practical activities in a safe working environment.

Gain the help of health and wellbeing and other professionals when we can.

Provide intergenerational learning and mentoring.

Focus on the advancement of men’s health and wellbeing, encouraging and assisting members to gain access to relevant services and information available to them within the community.

Help support members experiencing issues of loneliness, isolation and depression.

Provide support to our local community by being a place of social inclusion.Promote a culture which is positive and participative by acknowledging the difference in skills and experience of each member.

Be open and tolerant and encourage the exchange of ideas of benefit to the Shed community.

Promote civil language during all activities. The Howrah Men’s Shed adheres to a zero tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and verbal and/or physical abuse. Resolve disputes, complaints and grievances promptly, sympathetically and sensitively.

Be responsive to the needs of others, their families and their communities.

Appreciate the value of the contributions made by members’ partners and sponsors.

Develop effective partnerships within the community.

Act within the law.

Promote compliance with the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) Constitution, By-Laws, Policies, Management Guidelines and Procedures.


Our Priorities:

1st -  Safety.

2nd - Relationships.

3rd – Projects.


OUR HISTORY

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Above are the President of the Howrah Men's Shed and the Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner.

 
 

Howrah Men’s Shed opens its doors

Following two-years of construction and much anticipation, the Howrah Men’s Shed was officially opened on Monday 2 November by Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner AM.

Howrah Men’s Shed President Ray Phillips said the provision of the shed was in response to a strong desire by Clarence City Council and Clarence community groups for a facility of its kind to be established in a central location.

“The shed will provide a safe place for men to connect,” Mr. Phillips said.

“Typically men find it easier to stand shoulder to shoulder rather than face to face and shed activities provide that opportunity.”

The shed comprises facilities for woodwork and metalwork, as well as a kitchen space for relaxing and socializing.

Men can work on their own interests, learn new skills, pass on knowledge and engage in community projects.

One such project will see the Men’s Shed assist with the bicycle repairs for students at the Southern Support School.

Major funds for the Shed have come from the Clarence City Council – supplying the land and concrete slab, as well as the Tasmanian Community Fund, which supported the purchase and erection of the shed.

Funds to fit out the shed and provide specialist machinery were provided by Howrah Rotary, Bellerive Rotary, Hobart Lions, Howrah/Sandford Anglican Church and both the Tasmanian and Australian Men’s Shed Associations.

Mr. Phillips said Howrah Primary School, the Southern Support School and the Howrah/Sandford Anglican Church provided support and encouragement during the past two-years.

He said that many in the community had also donated timber and equipment for the Shed.

“Planning for the Shed started some two-years ago and the ‘turning the first sod’ was in February 2015,” he said.

“At the same time, the construction contract was let to P & J Sheds of Mornington, following a competitive tender process.