Serving the Upper North Perth Community

The Quinns Men’s Shed is run and supported by a team of volunteers including welfare officers, counsellors, Occupational Health and Safety practitioners and advisors on health issues.

As a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) the Quinns Men’s Shed belongs to a national network of similar associations acknowledging and addressing the following conclusions from well documented research:-

One third of adult men are not in paid employment.Half of all Australians in poor health are out of the labour force.Men on average die earlier than women.Older men experience a wide range of potentially fatal health issues that are less likely to be detected or treated.Men are often subject to undiagnosed depression and potentiality to suicide.Lower level vocational education and training is ineffective in returning most people to work.Men are missing or excluded from much adult and community education.The state of men’s health and wellbeing has considerable room for improvement.Grand/fatherhood is important to men and is enhanced by learning.Men need a third place (other than work and home) to socialise, feel at home with other men and share their knowledge and skills.Older men generously share wisdom, skill and experience – given the opportunity.Many services in adult education, welfare, aged care and health are mainly for women.

Recognising that good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive and valuable to your community, connecting to friends and maintaining an active body and an active mind, the Quinns Community Men’s Shed offers its participants a safe, busy and supportive environment where they may receive the benefits of learning;

Hands-on skills through practical and productive activity.The positive value of leisure activity and friendship with other men.How to improve health, fitness, relationships, identities as men, and emotional wellbeing.How to cope with changes associated with unemployment, separation, ageing, disability and retirement.How to develop, share and enjoy lives and identities beyond work and home.Benefits of having the Association in its midst may flow to the wider community through the Association becoming a resource for:-

Learning new skills.Mentoring younger people to become worthwhile, contributing members of society.Charitable groups and organisations to seek practical assistance for their clients.Lowering crime through early intervention with “at risk” young people.

This Association is made up of:-

Men of all ages and founded backgrounds regardless of education, race, colour, religion or creed, who may be experiencing illness, health problems associated with aging, isolation, loneliness, depression, undergoing physical or emotional trauma, or simply seeking fellowship and the need to be a productive member of the local community.