Who uses the JMS and why?
- Median age 65 (youngest member 18, oldest member 92).
- Perceived need for friendship in a place that affirms positive aspects of masculinity.
- Men enjoy the lack of compulsion, opportunities for hands-on, productive activity, mentoring, socializing and belonging.
- Men enjoy ‘getting out of the house’ (empty or shared with a partner).
- Men’s Sheds can provide a place for some men to start to talk about a whole range of life issues, including health and wellbeing.
What do our Shedders learn?
- Hands-on skills through practical, productive activity.
- The positive value of leisure activity and friendship with other men.
- Health, fitness, relationships, identities as men and emotional wellbeing.
- How to cope with changes, associated with unemployment, separation, ageing, disability and retirement.
- To develop, share and enjoy lives and identities beyond work and home.
UPDATE: JMS has a new ASSOCIATES group – these are women who want to socialize and/or use the Shed machinery. They use the premises when the men are not there.
JMS also has a Mentor (Associate) Membership – this is primarily for carers who want to assist their clients by using Shed machinery to perform tasks that the client cannot for some reason. Mentors need to pass all the normal training & accreditation requirements.