What is a Men’s Shed?
In 2009 the ‘Mukinbudin 1950’s Working Farm Shed’ and the Shire of Mukinbudin conducted the first WA Men’s Shed conference. The decision to form the Western Australian Men’s Shed Association was made at the conference and a steering committee was formed. WAMSA became incorporated and held the inaugural AGM in July 2010.
WAMSA was formed to represent all of the men’s sheds in WA.
WAMSA coordinates and disseminates information to all sheds and assists in setting up new sheds. Meetings are held with politicians and funding bodies to get the maximum benefit for the WA sheds.
WAMSA receives financial support from the WA Department of Local Government and Communities and the WA Department of Health.
WAMSA recognises a men’s shed as any community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the health and wellbeing of their male members and to encourage social inclusion.
To provide a resource for the establishment, development and operation of men’s sheds in WA.
To promote and support effective and sustainable men’s sheds in WA.
To provide lines of communication between men’s sheds in WA.
To represent the interests of men, their sheds and the resulting positive outcomes to stakeholders in WA.
To provide the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) with local input and understanding of the WA environment.
Our current activities include:
Providing a conduit for enquires and referrals to sheds.
Creating the WA Men’s Shed newsletter (the Warbler) which provides the catalyst for networking between sheds.
Provision of speakers and contemporary information to sheds via a state conference held every second year.
A facility for collective bargaining with the purchase of goods and services.