The Katoomba Men’s Shed is a not for profit community organisation affiliated with Australian Men’s Shed Association. It aims to promote the health and well being of men, and provides an opportunity for men to share time together, swap yarns and work together on projects.
The Men's Shed movement began in Australia in the 1990s. There were concerns about men's health, but there was little encouragement in Australian culture for men to meet and talk over their issues. However, men were comfortable with the concept of the backyard shed, where many would go on a regular basis to potter about and work on projects. So the concept was born of a community-based shed as a place where men could go to meet other men, socilise and work on projects.
Established in 2005, the Katoomba Men's Shed is based at the Katoomba Showground in a building that has served as a light horse stables, show pavillion and trotting stables. The men put in many hours of volunteered work to convert the stables into a functioning Men's Shed. Generous donations and a few strategic purchases have established a very functional workshop, a well-equipped computer laboratory and comfortable relaxation and meeting spaces.
It now bosts almost 100 members and is open 4 days each week.
The objectives of our Shed are established in the Shed rules (Constitution). They are:
To advance the health and well-being of our members by providing a safe and happy environment where skilled and unskilled men can, in the company of other men,
(a) Pursue hobbies, pastimes and interests
(b) Learn new skills, practice and pass on old skills
(c) Learn about their own and other men's health and well-being
(d) By their efforts, contribute to their families, their friends, the Shed and their community
(e) Mentor younger men