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THE MEN’S SHED STORY

The shed holds an important place in Kiwi culture.

The backyard shed is often a place of refuge where men can dream dreams, build something practical or create something
fanciful. For some it provides a reservoir of memories, for others, it’s a meeting place where family or special mates swap
stories and share skills with each other.

So often, though, when families have grown, the house is sold, and parents retire and move into a smaller space—a unit, flat or
retirement village—the first thing that seems to go is dad’s shed!

This can cause quite a bit of stress for some men. Not only do they lose their workshop where they have been so skilled,
creative and handy, — they also lose that little piece of personal space where many a problem has been quietly sorted out or
strategies hatched which can save the day.

The loss of a shed has created a feeling of frustration for many men, as well as contributing to a sense of isolation from their
own special space, their skills and interests, and even from their mates.

With these things in mind, the idea of a Community Shed was created. Here, men could come and use their skills, chat with
mates, share some stories, use the tools and materials provided, and still be creative and useful. Men could bring their personal
projects to work on. They might also participate in some community work if they wished - making toys for kids with disabilities,
or mending or making bits and pieces for older folk in retirement villages or nursing homes.

Social contacts and being useful are two of the major contributors to good health and well-being. The Levin Menz Shed has
been set up to meet these needs.

Shed located at:
131 Makomako Road, Levin

Shed is open:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am-12pm

Closed: Public holidays

ALL ARE WELCOME! THE MENZ SHED is a fully equipped workshop where skilled and unskilled men can share time with each other,
swap yarns & work together on community projects.

Membership & materials: In the Shed members can make and repair small items of furniture, toys craft items, community projects and do
their own personal projects.

Many items are donated to community outreaches and some items are sold, so that new tools and materials can
be bought for the Shed.

Never used power tools? No problem! - Skilled members can show you how to use them!
Many interesting activities to do! Assembly, painting, sanding, decorating, template making — just try your hand! The Shed is a place for men to be social. Learn new skills and hone old ones. Share company & have a project
to work on whilst contributing to the Community!

Great tools, interesting projects! Making gifts, Pursuing hobbies pastimes & interests!

Feel productive and contribute to the community - and have fun!

For more information: 06 367 3517 / levinshed@gmail.com

Chairperson: Paul Russell

Secretary: Ron Gibbard

Treasurer: Pat Bennett

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