The Joondalup Men’s Shed has its origins in the humble backyard shed that has long been a part of Australian culture. It is one of over 900 men’s sheds which have sprung up across Australia and part of what has now become a truly international movement. With over 100,000 members Australia wide, the men’s shed movement is a powerful lobby group and the single biggest men’s support organization in the nation!
Currently operating from facilities kindly loaned by the Western Australian State Government’ Education Department at McGregor Drive, Padbury, the JMS (Inc) is one of Australia’s most innovative and progressive men’s sheds. As a registered health promotion charity the JMS provides regular health awareness sessions and is proactive in tackling social isolation, loneliness and depression. In fact, the JMS is often recommended by health care professionals as an effective rehabilitation strategy for anyone recovering from physical or mental illness or bereavment associated with the loss of a loved one.
Having been existence since August 2010, the JMS offers its ever-expanding membership (170 members) the opportunity to work on personal and community projects encompassing almost every facet of the manual arts (woodwork, metal work, welding, mechanical repairs, furniture restoration, model building etc.) In fact, the list of things members can do are limited only by their imagination!
The JMS also runs basic computer classes which are open to members and non-members alike and for those who cannot or do not wish to participate in workshop activities it provides a friendly environment to simply, chat, socialise, or simply relax and enjoy its extensive library facilities. The JMS runs regular social events and provides interesting guest speakers who address members and guests on a diverse range of informative and entertaining subjects.
Anyone who feels that the JMS has something to offer them or a family member is encouraged to visit the JMS in the first instance before committing the actual membership.