Appin Men’s Shed members one step closer to being in new home

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Appin Men’s Shed members are one step closer to having a cuppa and building woodwork projects in their new home.

The concrete slab for a new shed was poured on Wednesday, June 28.

Secretary Ray Slee said the 33 members of the group were excited to see their shed built and fitted out.

“All the guys are ecstatic to see the first step of the new shed under way,” he said.

Mr Slee said the shed would be 30 metres by 15 metres with a barn-style roof.

“It will be a two-storey shed with the first floor used to house the equipment and to do our work,” he said.

“The top floor would have a kitchen, lounge area and meeting room.

“We also want our war veterans to have a room where they can meet and chat and have a display.”

The Appin shed has three war veteran members and once the permanent shed is built the group hopes to attract more veterans.

The construction of the shed will start on July 17 and the build will take two weeks.

“It will then take a few months for the shed to be fit out inside, which we will do ourselves,” Mr Slee said.

“We would also be grateful if any local tradies volunteered their technical skills.

“We hope to be in the shed before Christmas this year.”

The group raised $220,000 through applying for grants and doing jobs for local organisations.

The shed received a $35,000 federal government grant as well as grants from Illawarra Coal, Veolia and the state government.

The members raised more than $70,000 on their own.

Historic Houses NSW gave the group a donation for their help in restoring a local 1830s farm house.

The members also sold pins and wooden products and held raffles.

Mr Slee said the men’s shed aimed to improve the physical and mental health of men.

The group often listen to talks from mental health organisations such as Beyond Blue and Black Dog Institute.

For physical health they partner with Spanner in the Works which encourages men to get regular health checks.

“Once the shed is built we hope to get nutritionists and dietitians to come talk to us,” Mr Slee said.

“The activities we do allow the men to work together.

“We build things together which helps us develop trust and feel comfortable opening up to each other.

“We encourage any men from Wollondilly to join our group.”

The members meet Wednesdays from 9.30am at the tennis clubrooms in Sportsground Parade, Appin.

Details: Ray Slee on 0417 485 037 or email  emma-jayne.gardiner@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.