Toronto Men's Shed

9th August 2022

Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—Toronto Men's Shed has been operating in Lake Macquarie since June 2011 and during that time has provided a space for men of all ages to gather and socialise while working together to build and repair various items for local schools and community groups. Shed members recently built planter boxes for a local café which have been placed on the busy main street and have been enjoyed by the customers and passing locals. They have also been providing garden maintenance for local elderly residents and community groups. The shared knowledge of the club's members brings together valuable skills which allow the members to complete projects with a sense of community, as well as provide a safe space for retired, unemployed and skilled men to engage in valuable social interaction. Additionally, their mentoring of local young people ensures these skills are not lost with future generations. This energetic collection of members also offer support to each other, allowing them to foster strong fellowship and mental health. It's with thanks and appreciation that I acknowledge Toronto Men's Shed for their hard work and valuable contribution to the Lake Macquarie community.

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