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    although your body does not work as good keep your mind active I am lucky I can always see the funny side of life . jp

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    That is indeed good news Victoria.
    Back in the 90'a when Jim Bacon was premier the Men's Shed Association held their annual meeting there.
    He claimed that by being involved with the sheds as many as 1,000 men had been saved from either depression or worse, suicide, brought about by lack of interaction with other men after retiring.
    I've yet to convince my husband to join one.....seems happy with his museum I guess. As long as people do something after retirement they can avoid mental health issues post working life.
    Mind you I was more than ready to get out of my profession....it had changed too much from when I started. I used to get into trouble for spending too much time with each patient, all about turnaround and of course money! Not to mention the increasing aggressiveness of some patients. Sad really.

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    Its a strange thing but i have been retired for some Years now,and i must say that after i finished work i never found it Boring or hard to accept and get into a new Routine .
    I must be one of the lucky ones,but from the start i have seemed to cope very well,no issues and have found things to do, John the chap next door goes to the Mens shed each Tuesday and has asked me to go,but it is something not for me ,but i guess good for many.
    I always try and keep a good attitude and keep happy,not much at all will get me down,even the latest saga of my Heart Op so many here are amazed at the way i have recovered so fast,and doing most all things again.
    Only thing i cannot yet do is lift very Heavy Things but that too I will get to LOL
    So that's my way of life Lads
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    I took up oil painting after a stroke landscapes mostly and some sea scapes when I am painting I find I am actually there great feeling started to make garden benches for the family I still want to paint barb in the nude BUT SHE WILL NOT LET ME TAKE ME CLOTHES OFF?? JP

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    You would get a chill John. painting in the nude, or the neighbours might see you, not a pretty sight,
    Paint Barb with your clothes on,

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    This is an article I wrote some time ago about Men's Shed's.
    Prior to this date there was very little for men to do.
    I spent some four years in the Shed with Ray who had written a book on it b ut sadly never got around to having it printed.
    Now entering my 16th year as a volunteer and Shed supervisor.


    When the Sunbury Mens shed began is not confirmed.

    Ray Scrace was a councilor at the Sunbury Community Health Center in 1973, situated then at the corner of Gap Road where Red Rooster now sits. Sadly Ray passed away earlier this year having spent the last few in an aged care facilty.

    It was early that year when he was approached by several men, all with one complaint, boredom.
    They were all recently retired and missed the company of fellow workers. Wives complained that they were getting under their feet at home and that they needed to find something else to do.

    Ray spoke on this matter with Ros Stevens the then CEO who said she would see what could be done to help them,.

    A portable was obtained and morning coffees began for these men. It was at first just a meeting place where men of similar likes could meet to discuss all manner of things. Mens health, hobbies and many other things of common interest. A social group was the original concept and one that ermains to this day.

    Soon it became obvious that more than just coffee mornings were required, a seond portable was obtained.

    Through the generosity of a number of local traders and charity groups some equipment was obtained.
    A docking saw, band saw and drill ,press, all of which are still use today.
    Then came some materials from other sources in the town, the first green shoots of the mens shed began then.

    But it was not just wood work, Ray had established a night time Chess Club which some of the memebrs belonged to, it was not un common to see some playing in the portables during the day. But that was the point of the shed, enjoyment for men.

    The men were considered to be volunteers, as by this recognition they would be exempt from fees as was the case with clients. Insurance conditions have now changed and they are considered as clients now but still exempt from fees.

    CONSIDERED TO BE THE FIRST MEN'S SHED IN AUSTRALIA AND POSSIBLY THE WORLD

    They are now in countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, U.K. USA, Canada and others within Europe.

    Within a year or so other sheds began to emerge, many approaching Ray to ask for advice on how to begin.

    The men began to constuct items with the wood and othter materials supplied, items such as garden benches, the money from the sale of which went to buy further tools and materials.

    In 2001 the centre moved to the curent position in Macedon street.
    A purpose built shed was part of the site along with a work shop wthin the main building.

    It soon became obvious the shed was not big enough and Henry, one of the members who lived in a unit opposite, provided from his own monies some $1,000 to have the concrete floor extended, the center then paid for the bulding to be extended.

    There is now a nation wide Mens Shed Association.

    In 2005 a convention of Mens Sheds was held in Tasmania, where the then Premier Bacon said that the sheds there had saved the lives of some 1,000 men, who other wise from sheer boredom may have suffered some form of depression or worse commited suicide.

    The men now spend most of their efforts in producing toys, which at Christmas are given to chidren of families less affluent than others.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

    John Strange R737787
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