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Shed Talk Welcome again to another enthralling instal­ ment of Shed Talk, from the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed here at lovely Altona. There has been a veritable plethora of activities going on down here... in much simpler terms, a lot! We are about to enter another phase of our partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council, with the introduction of two fantastic new programs, funded by council and administered and run by The Mens Shed! The first of these programs take the form of a nutrition-based raised garden bed project, using recycled materials to create a cube shaped vegetable garden in homes of elderly members of the community. Designed to be easy to potter around with, I'm sure will prove to be an invaluable asset to those who have one! Initially aimed at fifty residences and partnered also with Williamstown Rotary Club, who are providing the labour to assemble the kits on site. The second and also very exciting project is the “Home/ Handy hints program”. This came about after a forum with senior Laverton residents, particularly women, who indicated a need to learn how to use handtools and engage in their own handy type work at home. Many are pensioners who cannot afford the services of handymen to hang pictures, change tap washers or tighten the handles on things. Our aim is to teach as many who wish to learn, how to do these things and others, for themselves.

Beginning on Wed 19th of October through to 9th November from 1pm tp 3pm, costs $5.00 per session and light lunch is provided generously by HBCC! Great value, great opportunity! Call the mens Shed for bookings on 93982383. The engineering shop is nearly operational. Not far to go now! A few bits and pieces of OH&S documentation and procedures and off it goes! We had a fascinating presentation yesterday on metal bending and flatbar creations, put on by a tool company. For further info, contact the shed.

All other programs are going strong. The disability groups and the aged care activity groups are just a joy to be involved with. Its an amazing thing to see what happens when groups of men get together to help each other. At this point I would like to acknowledge the personal efforts of a young man called Raj. Struck down by a debilitating brain infection and confined to a wheelchair, missing a large chunk of his skull and only just beginning to get out of his chair. Well here is news, after 6 weeks of attending our activity program and being constantly encouraged and pushed, helped and goaded kindly, Raj finally stood unaided on his own two feet and walked with assistance for 5 metres!! What an incredible achievement Raj, and thanks to the extra help he is getting from Jason and the other staff at the care facility he resides in. Alas, however it does raise another point about having relatively young people confined to aged care facilities due to lack of other adequate services. Best I not get started on that one!! But again, all this reminds me exactly why we at the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed are here doing what we do – because essentially as men in our community, we have an obligation to help ourselves and each other, especially those who are frail, unwell or infirm, and aid our communities at large over Only one more thing to report on, the Australian Mens Shed conference in Qld recently I attended. our own egos and desires. I am pleased to report that we at HBMS really are Timber workshop is now open three days a heading in the right direction. The culture of heads week, trainset interest group is rolling along, down and get on with it is really beginning to show musical instrument makers are pottering on remarkable results, and we are leading amongst in creative bliss, and we are expanding our Mens Sheds in many ways. Our level of engagement engagement with the Hobsons Bay community with many cross sections of the community is at through our service provision and programs. a stand out level, given the minimal resources we operate on. Ok, there endeth todays rant from my office! I hope I am getting a clear message across about what goes on down here and why. Until next time, may your lives be filled with love, laughter and satisfaction born through generosity of spirit Yours in service Daniel Kuiper Coordinator Hobsons Bay Mens Shed

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Community newspaper Issue 21, October 2011

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