The Ellenbrook Men’s Shed
A place for men with purpose
Are you looking for a group where you can enjoy a cuppa while having a light-hearted chat? Perhaps you are keen to show off your talents or receive guidance on how to make things so you can learn new skills?
Calling all men, no matter your age or background! Now is the best time for you to join a local community group that prioritises fun and mateship. A place where EVERY member is important.
Help us build a community. Bring your ideas. Share your skills.
Come along to the Ellenbrook Men’s Shed and see how you can stay productive whilst also contributing to the community.
It’s YOUR shed, it’s OUR shed. It’s a place to learn something new. So come along and see how you can help launch extra activities to cover a wider range of interests.
What are you waiting for? We have shedloads of goodness to discover.
Ellenbrook Men’s Shed is a non-profit, non-commercial community organisation providing a safe and friendly meeting place for men to chat, work on projects, build a supportive community, and lend a hand to others.
We aim to provide a safe space where community elders can teach the young guys a few things, and in return the younger generation can teach the old guys a few tricks!
While we still uphold the tradition of being a ‘shed’ where members can fix or make things, the Ellenbrook Men’s Shed is so much more than that. We are here to help you meet like-minded people, have fun, share skills as well as worries, whilst gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. We want to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and help men to deal with mental health challenges, rebuild communities and in many cases, even save lives. And this is what makes our Men’s Shed so special.
We provide equipment which allows a very wide range of projects to be tackled, and we are also keen to hear your new ideas for other activities. If you don’t have the confidence to operate a machine, we will show you how.
In case of an accident or someone becoming unwell we have easy access to two Defibrillators.
We are incorporated and affiliated with the Western Australia Chapter of the Men’s Shed Association.
A major objective of the Men’s Shed is to advance the health, well-being, and social inclusion of all members through interest-based activities. We do this by welcoming men to meet and work on projects that are personally satisfying and, in many cases, making an important contribution to the wider community.
What We Do
Members’ interests are quite diverse, and while common activities include woodwork, wood turning, toy making, metal work, and a discussion group. We are super keen to bring new activities to the group and we encourage members to bring their ideas and share them with us.
Often we start new activities on a limited basis, so that we can be ready to add those new activities fully in the future, and all ideas are welcome, so don’t be too shy to share an idea.
Why We Do It
Relationships and connections are so important to the overall health of us all. The Ellenbrook Men’s Shed is a concept that responds at a local level to a growing national need for suitable places for men to socialise, participate and contribute.
The outcomes we’ve seen first-hand inspire us every day to keep the group going – and thriving. Our members report positive health and wellbeing outcomes that can be directly linked to being a member of our Men’s Shed. Ellenbrook enjoys a strong community spirit and groups like our Men’s Shed are part of cultivating this. The demand and dramatic growth in membership over the next few years, together with the achievements and enthusiasm of members is ample proof of its worth and value to the wider community.
What We Don’t Do
The Men’s Shed does not just fix furniture and make toys the scope is what you make it. We do not compete against commercial businesses. The Men’s Shed is not an alternative or replacement for professional tradespersons or other qualified craftsmen.
The Men’s Shed is not a welfare shelter, nor is it an alternative or replacement for the services provided by appropriate health and medical professionals.
Support for one another we can do.
How We Do It
The Ellenbrook Men’s Shed Workshop is open Monday to Thursday between 8:30am and 3:00pm; and currently Friday between 9:00am and 12:30pm, currently for training purposes.
Plans are well underway to commence a stain glass/lead lighting group allowing women to join the Shed as associated members. This group will meet on a Saturday morning.
We have an open-door policy, conducting all activities in a non-discriminating manner and with a strong emphasis on the needs and wellbeing of all members. We also always maintain a strong focus on safe work practices.
Once members are appropriately trained in the use of machinery only then can they use the equipment.
We have initiated a conversation with the City of Swan to incorporate the premises we need for the next ten years or so with other local non-profit organisations with two aims:
- First to encourage cross-pollination between all of the non-profit organisations and take advantage of the inevitable synergy created by close contact between the groups.
- Second, there needs to be a sense of permanency in high quality premises to more than meet the emerging requirements of all non-profit organisations as part of a wider Community Hub for the foreseeable future.
Have a listen
The Shed Wireless is produced by the Australian Men’s Shed Association, for the love of Shedding.
Shed Management Committee is responsible for approving all shed matters, planning, day-to-day operations and events, functions, and policy.
Other Committee Members
Committee Members Special Responsibilities
Workshop Management / Stock control / Purchasing Officer
Events / Shed Activities
Shed Host / Kitchen Amenities
Marketing / Web Page / Facebook Maintenance
Grants / Fund Raising / Membership
Office Administration / Monitoring Emails
Guest Speaker / Social Events
Constitution / Standing Orders
Functions & Responsibilities
Workshop Management / Stock control / Purchasing Officer
Management of workshop area, pricing, and scheduling of jobs, control of purchases of materials and consumables, small tools and machinery repair and replacement.
Events / Shed Activities
Organising and running shed events and activities, including guest speakers and bus trips for members.
Hosts / Kitchen Amenities
Shed Hosts, operating on a daily roster basis. Cleaning, co-opting where necessary, the interior and facilities of the building including the workshop areas. Rule enforcement, kitchen stocking, and catering. Meet and greet of guests and new members. Shed sales processing.
Internet Marketing / Web Page / Facebook
Internet-based marketing of shed activities and items for sale. Keeping the Web page and Facebook pages updated with current information.
Grants / Fund Raising / Membership
Grants & Sponsorships Coordinator
Identifying and co-ordination of submission for approval of projects. Looking for opportunities to fundraise and to boost membership.
Understudy Office Administration / Monitoring Emails
Assisting with the administration of shed and monitoring emails and phone messages.
Understudy for Sheds Administration Computer Program
Hub Management Building / Hub Sub Committee
Men’s Shed planning, non-profit, government and local council coordination. Maintaining and reviewing the sheds constitution and standing orders.
Keen to get out of the house to a place where your voice will be heard?
Because of insurance and safety constraints, we aim to have a membership of men within the age range of 25 up to lively centenarians.
While we encourage members who wish to use their existing practical talents in wood and metal, we are keen to welcome members who have talents not covered by our current activities, especially those who are prepared to share their talent by heading specialist sections and showing others how to constructively take part. Remember we are there to bring men together in a relaxed environment, whilst also using activities as a way of keeping mentally and physically fit.
Members run and operate the Men’s Shed. For safety and insurance reasons, members using fixed equipment need to satisfy the Shed’s safety leaders that they have adequate knowledge and experience to operate that equipment. Unqualified members, and visitors may not operate the equipment.
We require every member to wear an identification badge that identifies the equipment groups they can use safely.
The overall aim of Ellenbrook Men’s Shed is to provide a safe and supportive environment for persons of all ages and backgrounds to gather, volunteer, work, and seek fellowship with other like-minded people.
We aim to
- Promote the mental, physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of individuals in our community.
- Maintain an ‘open door’ policy, not rejecting any person on the basis of ethnicity, age, disability or religion, if any
- Provide a safe physical and supportive social environment
- Offer a range of activities and programs in accordance with the interests of the Shed’s members and attendees, with the intention of furthering these aims and objectives. To respect the rights and decisions of members and attendees, as long as they follow all guidelines, safety policies, and other procedures laid down in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
- In addition, it is our aim to respect the confidentiality and privacy of members, associates and attendees, except where life may be in direct danger or where compliance with legislation may be required.
In order to achieve these ambitious aims we expect from members the following
- That all members will actively participate in the activities of the ‘Shed’, contributing as much time and effort as needed/requested.
- All members are expected to respect each other and their opinions at all times and under no circumstances make any remarks or make any statements or take any action, either privately or publicly that may offend, threaten, or upset another member.
- All members are expected to respect the common sense safety and cleanliness codes.
- Don’t use a machine if you don’t know how to use it, as laid down in its manual, and always ensure that if you make a mess, no matter how small, that it is cleaned up correctly using the correct materials to do so before leaving that machine or workstation. Dispose of any waste in the correct manner.
- All members are expected to absent themselves if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- All members are to abide by the Constitution and the Standing Resolution of the Shed. These are available to read in the Shed and can be provided electronically to members.
- Finally, occasionally, photographs or videos are taken in the Shed for promotional purposes, the shed expects that you give permission to use these images where necessary.
All members doing their own projects are doing them for non-commercial reasons and contribute an agreed amount if using Shed materials and equipment, and dedicate an equal amount of time on the group activities, whether it be in making things or performing some other service.
Where this is impractical the Shed is entitled to receive 50% of any commercial value gain to cover the costs incurred in using the Shed’s facilities, this will in the form of a donation.
Fees and any purchases made can be paid at the Shed in either cash or card or directly by bank transfer or Paypal. In this case an invoice will be issued.
Joining Fee – $35
A once off payment covers the cost of registration for each member
Full Year Membership – $96
Covers a full membership year July to June and is renewable every year in June.
Each member is provided with a “work shirt” which if these shirts were worn while attending the Shed are to be worn while attending the Shed. A dress shirt is also available for purchase, and this is used for special occasions. The fee also covers the cost of insurance.
Commencing 2024-2025, Members may elect to have their membership fee paid via direct deduction of $8.00 a month, total yearly fee $96.00.
Tea, coffee, and biscuits are always available in the tearoom.
Partial Annual Membership – $50
For those prospective members joining between December & March of the current membership year, the fee is $50.
If joining in April or May of the current membership year, the fee is $25.
For prospective members, joining in June, the last month of the membership year, there is no charge for that year, but members will be required to pay the next year’s full fee of $96.
Carer’s Fee – $20
This fee for carers covers supervision of the operation of all equipment (if the member is qualified) and for the use of all services and facilities provided by Ellenbrook Men’s Shed.
Attendance is limited to one day per week for a maximum of 3 months, after which time a full membership is required for the Carer.
* When you join, we ask that you complete a medical form, which is inserted into an envelope, sealed, and held in the office.
This form remains confidential and is only retrieved in the event of the member becoming ill or involved in an accident, in which case it is handed to the medical person in attendance.
In addition to being able to meet and chat with other members of perhaps similar age and circumstance, we encourage you to use your skills to benefit the other members of the Shed and local community or simply enjoy a good chat over a cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit.
Monthly Prize Draw
Each month there is a lucky draw with a prize of a $50 voucher for a good local restaurant available to be used by the lucky member and partner if they wish. The chances of winning the monthly draw are enhanced by regular attendance, being involved with the Shed manufacture, or by volunteering to carry out an important role in the running of the Shed.
Interest Groups & Projects
Current Interest Groups
- Woodwork assembly including toys, games, early learning tools, medium and large projects
- Wood turning
- Refurbishment of furniture and other items
- Clock surrounds
- Basic metal work
- Metal welding
- Bus trips to places of interest and other social events
- Various talks of interest by external specialists
- Stained glass/lead lighting and photography are two of the currently proposed activities.
More will be added depending on members interests and the availability of appropriately trained personnel.
Activities & Projects
Although we are currently limited by space and expertise we intent to extend our activities to include:
- 3D Printing
- Art, including Sculpture & Carving
- Basic Mechanics
- CAD Drawing
- Computer Use & Repair
- CNC Router and CNC Laser devices
- Model Making
- Repair – Antique Clocks
- Repair – Small Engines
- Repair – Small machines
To achieve the above, we are looking for people with expertise that would like to spare the time and who are willing to share their knowledge with existing & potential members. If you are interested in using your knowledge and skill to help others, please contact the Secretary, Chris Mabbott, [email protected], mobile 0419 049 196.
Future plans include an increase in floor area of approximately 1000 square metres which is three times the existing floor area, as part of the Ellenbrook and Districts Community Hub. We will start small in the next 18 months ready for rapid expansion in three years.
An exciting future is foreseen, get in at the beginning.
Welcome to The Outhouse
Have you read our monthly newsletter?
We are putting together an edition each quarter to keep you up to date on member news, showcase our completed projects, and promote upcoming events. Copies of the eight additions are available on our website.
Grab a cuppa and have a read because hopefully each edition will give you something to smile at, something to look forward to, and will keep you informed on all member news.
Now, obviously we are amateurs rather than million-dollar media tycoons so we will do our best to produce a quality edition each quarter.
Any feedback (good or bad, but go easy on us!) please feel free to get in touch.
If you have a story to contribute, or photos etc then please contact us with your input.
The Future Of The Community Hub
Ellenbrook Men’s Shed currently has over 50members of which typically 20-25% attend on the days we are open. With an increasing number of activities this is growing around 20% per year.
Our aim is to increase the available activities substantially over the next three years and this combined with planned increased area and days of activity we are expecting to grow to over 150-200 members.
We are acting as project leader on behalf of not only the Men’s Shed but also the other non-profit organisations in the greater Ellenbrook area.
A Christmas Dinner at The Stirling Arms
Thursday, 7 December 2023 (starting at 6pm)
We are happy to announce that our annual Christmas Dinner for 2023 will be held this year at The Stirling Arms, 117 James Street. Guildford, on Thursday 7 December 2023 starting at 6:00pm.
The dinner will be two courses, the main course being a traditional Christmas roast meal followed by a choice of scrumptious desserts, both served buffet style, so orders are not necessary.
A range of Australian beers, some of Belgium’s finest beer and a good range of local wines are available before and during the meal. The fully air-conditioned restaurant and rustic interior style well suits what should be a great relaxed informal evening.
This function is subsidised and is free to members. A cost of $60 is payable for a member’s wife, partner or guest, which includes a reasonable bar tab.
During the past year guest speakers from Cabatec and Carnaby’s Cockatoos have made presentations to the members of the Shed.
It is planned that in the coming year, alternating monthly, will be a guest speaker and a social event.
To improve social interaction and get away from the usual activities of the Shed, a Members Breakfast is held every two months. This has been successful in improving camaraderie and morale.