A Community Shed is a place for ...
It is a place for hobbies, personal and community projects, social interaction and mentoring for the whole community.
Mens sheds, started in USA, now in Australia and New Zealand, are a Not for Profit voluntary collective organisation, that has become a recognised social service for the wider community, supported by Health Services and local councils.
The original concept was conceived for when people retire, or sell down, to be able to join a Men's shed and carry on their hobbies. This has now grown to incorporate a larger concept, where both men and women, together with interested young adults (those over 18 years), can participate in a friendly environment.
The opportunity to continue hobby interests is the nucleus factor, our ‘meet-up’ site attracts a wide range of interested people, and the social benefits for older single people is endorsed by welfare organisations.
The national body is menzshed.org.nz
The goals of the Auckland Central Community Shed (Inc) are to create a welcoming, friendly environment where people from all parts of the community can come together and continue their hobbies and also if they wish, get involved in other projects too. It’s a place to share skills and perhaps learn new ones ... or at times a place to just come for a chat and a cuppa.
Auckland Central Community Shed (Inc) was originally set up in 2015 as part of a local community initiative and was called The Gribblehirst Community Hub Trust. The Shed has now separated from that Trust and has formed The Auckland Central Community Shed Incorporated. The Shed occupies the ground floor of the building and the Hub occupies the first floor.
Retirement for me, at first, was great but increasingly it became like I was a tourist and was simply being an observer of life. Now that I am involved with the Shed I feel more a sense of purpose and that I am contributing my experience, skills and abilities in a meaningful way.
A great place to make stuff and get help from the guys ... and I like the friendly atmosphere here too. Alana
I needed a space to do my scooter maintenance as I am currently living in a flat. I also want to learn about engineering and be able to make components on specialised machinery.
I have a passion for wood and the Shed is THE place to get help so I can make my creations.
Now that I have down-sized, the Shed provides the space and equipment that I don't have at home.