East Malvern Men’s Shed – Citizen of the Year – Community Group

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East Malvern Men’s Shed, Stonnington’s only men’s shed, has been operating for almost three years, from humble beginnings of a meeting at Phoenix Park, to a thriving group of 27 members who meet twice weekly.

As men come into retirement and find themselves at home, it can be daunting not having something to continue with. Men’s Shed is a great opportunity because it is a warm and inviting space for people to meet new friends and participate in activities.

Men’s Shed encourages men to talk about their problems or worries, with an emphasis on health, East Malvern Men’s Shed hosts regular monthly talks from health professionals with a focus on positive ageing.

Men’s Shed offers a range of activities for its members, from carpentry, to regular health seminars, bike rides and day trips. Members also work with local organisations, upgrading and repairing furniture for local kindergartens, fixing broken toys for the Malvern Toy Library and volunteering for the East Malvern RSL.

Chairman Peter Magree, who is a long-time resident of East Malvern, has seen the positive impact East Malvern Men’s Shed has had on the local community, and witnessed remarkable changes in the mental health of the group members.

East Malvern Men’s Shed plans to move into a new, larger home at what was previously the Girl Guides Hall in Ivanhoe Grove. The group looks forward to welcoming new members and extending their program.