Men's Shed has a new home

Historic classrooms in the Kamballa Precinct are the new home for the Parramatta District Men's Shed.

The group received a $25,000 state government grant to refurbish the classrooms in Fleet Street, North Parramatta.

President Doug Mackay said a new shed was being opened in Parramatta because of a rise in membership.

"From the demand for memberships at the Northmead Shed, it soon became obvious that Parramatta needed more sheds," Mr Mackay said.

"Also, analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics demographic showed that the Parramatta district had an ageing male population with a longer life expectancy."

Mr Mackay said men could start to feel isolated and lonely after they retired. He said the group gave men an option to put their skills and experience to use — both to benefit themselves and the community.

"It gives men a place to meet and work on things they like doing, which may not be an option in their own home environment," he said.

"Having access to tools and equipment they would not otherwise have access to. And to people with the skills to teach and supervise them in how the tools and equipment can be used efficiently and safely."

The Parramatta District Men's Shed will officially open on Saturday, March 15, from 10am for new members.

■ Details: Rob Colless, rcolless1@optusnet.com.au.

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