Playford Men’s Shed

Manager – Michael Smith
http://www.playford.sa.gov.au/mensprograms

The Playford Men’s Shed is a very impressive operation. With 44 members they are open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday under the watchful eye of manager Michael Smith.

The Playford Men’s Shed currently hosts 44 members in total with a core group who attend regularly and some members who drop in from time to time. They hold a barbecue every Friday and on the last Friday of the month they take a day trip. This month they’re off to the Largs Bay Hotel and in March they will spend the day at Monarto Zoo.

When Tools Down founder Kate Russell visited, she was not surprised to find that the majority of the cars in the car park were Holdens. But after speaking to a number of members, Kate discovered the men came from a diverse range of working backgrounds: from the Holden Plant, the Armed Forces, and one man who used to run childcare centres with his wife.

This is a Men’s Shed – no women allowed and they’re really proud of their shed. And so they should be – they do fantastic work for the local community (including giving used gophers a bit of a makeover). They have a mobile Men’s Shed (a fully fitted-out trailer with a barbecue), make mud kitchens for childcare centres and kindergartens, chook runs and toys. They are currently helping out the Civic Centre by mounting brilliantly painted doors from old Holden vehicles which is part of an art installation which is part of the Fringe.

This is a tight bunch of men. They look out for each other and take their health really seriously. On Friday 17 February they are holding a special day for members – Spanner in the Works Health Check. A local community health service is going to attend and give everyone a check out – both physical and emotional.  The Australian Men’s Shed Association have put together this men-friendly health screening program which is conducted in an environment in which the men feel comfortable – their own Men’s Shed.  They will put on a barbecue for all those who attend. The results of the screening are recorded in a special booklet that the men keep and can take to their local GP. What a great initiative!

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