Westvale Men’s Shed - a place to learn, interact and find new mates

Brimbank City Council has officially opened its first-ever Council owned and managed Men’s Shed at Westvale Community Centre.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch said Westvale Men’s Shed will provide much-needed amenities and opportunities for men in Brimbank.

“This facility will deliver men’s focused inclusive programs and activities responsive to the needs of men in the community.

“Westvale Men’s Shed will provide a place to go, to learn and interact with others, and in time, a place to catch-up with mates,” Cr Hedditch said.

The Westvale Men’s Shed offers activities, classes and programs to suit almost every interest - carpentry, gardening, DIY, cooking, sustainable living, life skills to support independent living and much more.

“What’s great about the Men’s Shed model is its unique ability to influence the social-determinants of health – those social, economic and material factors that shape individual and community health – for one of the hardest to reach groups in our society.

“Westvale Men’s Shed is run day-to-day by members, for members, and supported by Council

“Council thanks the Australian Men’s Shed Association for their support including a generous contribution towards equipment, as well as the local business community including Bunnings Warehouse Taylors Lakes which donated equipment,” Cr Hedditch said.

Westvale Men’s Shed is funded by Council ($30,000) and received a $42,057 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Men’s Shed Funding Round in 2015.

The facility will build on Westvale Community Centre’s many long-running and successful programs for men and established partnerships with support groups, community health services and others.

The Westvale Men’s Shed is the result of extensive consultation with the users of Westvale Community Centre and the broader community.

Westvale Men’s Shed is located adjacent to the Westvale Community Centre in St Albans.