As inaugural Patron of the Manning Men’s Shed I was pleased to attend and speak at the official opening this week. I have been fortunate to be involved early on in the project that started three years ago as an idea by Hilary Peters, then secretary of the Manning Senior Citizens Centre.
I am proud to be Patron of a place for men in in my electorate to come together and spend their time post-retirement in a social and productive environment. The Shed will be a place where men can work on meaningful DIY projects, form friendships and get support from other men.
I congratulate the Manning Senior Citizens Centre and the City of South Perth for working together to see this idea become a reality. I also commend Lotterywest, who provided a grant for the Shed’s construction, and other community organisations in my electorate that generously provided funding and support to the Shed, including the Royal Perth Golf Club, City of South Perth RSL Club, Southcare, IGA Preston Street, Rotary Club of Como, Manning Lions Club and South Perth Lions Club. Como Secondary College also allowed a group of volunteers to use the College facilities to work on small projects including the renovation of donated tools and equipment.
I encourage all men in the electorate to get behind the Manning Men’s Shed.
The Manning Men’s Shed will officially open on 6 March and will be a place for men in the South Perth Community to come together and spend their time post-retirement in a social and productive environment.
When: 10am-4pm, Friday 6 March
Where: 3 Downey Drive, Manning
The Manning Men’s Shed welcomes men of all ages with depression, health problems, disability; it is a safe place for men to gather to keep busy,
feel included and purposeful.
I was delighted to speak at the Manning Senior Citizens Centre AGM on September 24 2014.
Robert Uphill moved to admit John Collins as an honorary life member and it was carried. I was also very pleased to present to the President of the Manning Seniors a $1,000 cheque for the Manning Men’s Shed.
I have been a long-time patron of the Manning Senior Centre and fully support the contribution they provide our senior community. I am also pleased to be the patron of the Manning Men’s Shed, and am looking forward to the completion hopefully by the end of 2014.
Last month I presented a cheque for $150,000 to the Manning Seniors Citizens’s President, Mr Robert Burton to assist in the construction of a publically accessible Manning Men’s Shed. The hub’s construction was made possible by a Lotterywest grant.
Recently we’ve seen a movement driven by older, retired men establishing these hubs and the Shed will be a place where men can go to do DIY jobs, form friendships and seek social support. It is pleasing to see this initiative coming to Manning.