One of Going Solar’s community projects is supporting the establishment of the Port Phillip Men’s Shed Association (PPMSA). I thought it useful to publish this item by the Secretary of the PPMSA, Don Laird in response to an article in the Leader Newspapers (February 2014):
“Congratulations on your mental health article entitled ‘Seniors help to raise awareness of depression risk’ in your 25 February issue. It is sobering to know that 36% of the 92,000 people in the City of Port Phillip live alone, most in the 45 to 64 age group. In addition, 47% of the population live in high density dwellings. No wonder there is increasing social isolation and a risk of depression, especially amongst men, who are often not good at displaying emotion or discussing their feelings or health with others.
“The Australian Men’s Shed Association has a commitment to older men’s friendship, health and well-being in conjunction with regular and supervised hands-on activities in group settings for the benefit of individuals and the community.
“In Port Phillip, the Port Phillip Men’s Shed Association actively promotes these ideals through its regular workshop craft and social activities. As well as undertaking their own projects, the PPMSA helps kindergartens, churches and other community groups to repair furniture and make useful artefacts such as toys. We welcome men of any age to join in any of these voluntary activities.”
There are Men’s Sheds all over Australia. For more information on PPMSA see: www.ppmensshed.org
Stephen Ingrouille, Principal, Going Solar Pty Ltd