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What do you do if you don’t? It boils down to how we do it utilising the extensive resources we have to deliver to you. All of the products and services listed here, and more are delivered progressively depending on your needs and wants and on the stage of development of your Men’s Shed.

A Fully Developed Men’s Shed Will:

     

Services

The following provides you with a comprehensive overview of the extensive products and services available through Lake Hume Mens Shed. The products and services are delivered through various parts of the Lake Hume Mens Shed infrastructure.

    1. Australia Foundation
    2. Branding
    3. Budgeting and Decision Making Template
    4. Business Planning
    5. Capacity Building
    6. Case Management
    7. Communications
    8. Compliance
    9. Consulting
    10. Economic Gardening
    11. Expertise
    12. Funding
    13. Health Services
    14. Help Desk
    15. Incorporation Services
    16. Incubator Program
    17. Insurance
    18. Links
    19. Locator
    20. Market Analysis
    21. Marketing
    22. Meetings, Workshops, Seminars and Forums
    23. Merchandise
    24. Negotiating Services
    25. News services
    26. Network
    27. Occupational Health & Safety
    28. Opportunity Generation
    29. Partnerships
    30. Project Management
    31. Purchasing
    32. Resource Centre
    33. Site Visits
    34. Speakers
    35. Technology
    36. Tools and Processes
    37. Lake Hume Mens Shed Website

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Foundation
The Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia Foundation has been created as a charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, to help local Men’s Sheds raise additional funds. Companies and individuals are able to make donations to the Foundation and specify which Men’s Shed and to which project they would like their funds allocated.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Branding
The Branding of a men’s shed is critical to its success. The Lake Hume Mens Shed Brand stands for a level of service which the communities at large are recognising. It also gives the local men’s shed a sense of identity and belonging. Men’s sheds operating in isolation, or independently will find it difficult in today’s fast paced global economy.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Budgeting and Decision Making Template
Lake Hume Mens Shed provides Members with a template that assists in developing Revenue, Expenses, Cash Flow, Balance Sheet Budgets and Momentum Forecasts. These are all linked enabling ‘what if’ scenarios and making better management decisions.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Business Planning
Business Planning is about envisioning the future and developing the necessary procedures and operations to achieve that future. Not only does a Business Plan give you a foundation on which to build your future men’s shed, it is also an essential document when negotiating with Partners and seeking Government Grants. Without a Business Plan a men’s shed is like a ship without a rudder, or a cork drifting on the ocean.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Capacity Building
Efforts are aimed at developing human skills or social infrastructures within a men’s shed and its community, needed to reduce the level of risk. Capacity building also includes development of institutional, financial, political and other resources, such as technology at different levels and sectors of the community. Capacity Building involves creating the infrastructure so necessary to support needed programs and services for men men’s health and their families in a community and to reduce the levels of risk.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Case Management
A case is a detailed description of a men’s shed’s feedback, problem, or question. Through the Helpdesk your men’s shed can use cases to track and solve your men’s shed’s issues.  This important feature of our infrastructure helps us to help you solve issues that are likely to require many months of expired time, it helps us both to keep track.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Communications
The Helpdesk is the centre of Lake Hume Mens Shed’s communications (see Infrastructure Services). Web conferencing is available for members allowing Lake Hume Mens Shed to communicate live to individuals or multi locations at the same time. Special guests and presenters not normally available to members can also be arranged.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Compliance
Men’s sheds need to comply in a number of areas including Government compliance, Insurance and Occupational Health and Safety.  Lake Hume Mens Shed assists in all of these areas, improving affordability and helping to minimise risk.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Consulting
Skills for men’s shed leaders and managers encompass a range of subjects including, planning, management, marketing, personnel, operations, financial management along with communication, technology and computer skills. The importance of having this diversity of expertise is often not recognised in the men’s shed industry. It is sometimes wrongly perceived that the basic craftsmanship skills are sufficient in order to run a successful men’s shed. Men’s sheds are not unlike a small business, but with the added complexity of the dealing with inexperience in a range of business principles, health and well being of the members and working with the disadvantaged in a community.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Economic Gardening
Economic Gardening is a philosophy of using an entrepreneurial approach to economic development in a community. It is an approach that helps local men’s sheds, businesses and organisations grow by providing them with customised support, market analysis and data, which opens the door to new growth opportunities.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Expertise
Lake Hume Mens Shed provides to members expertise across a broad range of subjects. The people involved come from various backgrounds and are able to offer both practical and academic rigor to the many issues surrounding men’s sheds in cities and regional, rural and remote areas. It is this expertise that provides additional strength, energy and a broader range offering to members to meet their requirements in good times and bad.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Funding
Lake Hume Mens Shed assists men’s sheds with their funding through helping them to become Partner Ready and by introducing new funding opportunities and Partners. Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia Partnerships also assist in the funding of individual men’s sheds.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Health Services
Lake Hume Mens Shed provides a comprehensive range of learning modules, information and materials to assist with the implementation of health programs in the men’s sheds and the communities. Lake Hume Mens Shed’s Health Services revolve around involving men and their participation in both physical and mental activities and life-long education.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Help Desk
The Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia Helpdesk provides members with support and assistance as required. The Help Desk has access to 1,000s of documents and ideas that support the operator to support the men’s sheds. This allows Lake Hume Mens Shed to deliver information, knowledge with a “how too…’ approach and ideas of substance, when and where you want it.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Incorporation Services
If a men’s shed is to fully protect its members against adverse and costly circumstances it must be incorporated as a Not-for-profit Association. It is also a requirement of governments and people providing funding as they must be dealing with an acceptable entity. Lake Hume Mens Shed will guide members through the processes of incorporation and with the men’s shed’s Constitution.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Incubator Program
The Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia business incubator program is for those men’s sheds wishing to train and nurture new businesses in their community. The small businesses being incubated today are at the forefront of developing new, innovative technologies, creating jobs and services that continually improve the quality of life for the men and their communities.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Insurance
Lake Hume Mens Shed facilitates Public Liability and other Insurance cover for members, from reputable companies. Please call the Helpdesk for details.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Links
To assist people to find information about men’s health in fact most things relating to men and the likely people that can assist them, we have added 100’s of links to other websites. Members are able to suggest additions to this very extensive list of links.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Locator
The men’s sheds Locator on the website allows members to find out where other men’s sheds are located. It also helps the general public to find and make contact with a men’s shed near them.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Market Analysis
Lake Hume Mens Shed provides a service to assist you in understanding your market place, or the community in which you operate. When making decisions about starting and developing a men’s sheds it is important to understand just what your community is made up of and how it works. Geographic demographic, psychographic and other good information leads to better decision making before investments of time and money are made.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Marketing
Marketing programs include such things as promotion of men’s sheds through the website and the men’s shed Locator, media interviews when we visit men’s sheds, featuring various men’s sheds in the Lake Hume Mens Shed newsletters, posters, brochures and other marketing materials. We also field many enquiries from the public to find a men’s shed. Marketing information is available for all facets of marketing for a men’s shed. Assisting you to market to your members, prospective members, customers and to the wider community is addressed in detail.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Meetings, Workshops, Seminars and Forums
Lake Hume Mens Shed regularly conducts meetings, workshops, seminars and forums across Australia. They are designed to help members with the development of their men’s shed and to meet people from other men’s sheds. Exchanging ideas and methodologies is vital to building valuable and sustainable community assets. Reinventing wheels simply wastes time and money.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Men’s Shed Development Program
Members are offered different approaches to starting and building their men’s shed, depending on their circumstances. This ranges from simply accessing the Lake Hume Mens Shed Helpdesk and ad hoc use of resources, to a four stage development program; and tailored approaches to meet individual circumstances. Programs allow step by step procedures to achieve what the members and the communities are looking to achieve. Extensive Check Lists are used to ensure sound structuring and the building of solid foundations.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Merchandise
Members are able to utilise the Lake Hume Mens Shed Merchandise to help promote their Men’s Shed to the local community. Merchandise can also be used as a local fund raiser and to give members a sense of identity and belonging.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Negotiating Services
At Lake Hume Mens Shed we realise that all of us at some stage during our week are required to negotiate something with somebody; for either ourselves or for somebody else. Life does not consist of having "good cards” all the time, but playing a hand of “bad cards”, well.  Lake Hume Mens Shed can assist you with negotiations with partners and governments at all levels.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed News services
Members are kept informed about matters relating to men’s sheds and their activities across Australia. There is a News section on the Lake Hume Mens Shed website which carries articles from the media about various men’s sheds and interesting things relating to men’s sheds. The monthly newsletter is sent to lots of interested people, helping to build the support base for men’s sheds, world wide.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Network
The Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia Network is extensive reaching right across Australia and internationally. The network, including members, are involved in health, business, education, governments, in fact most fields of endeavour, allowing us to address issues as they arise with speed and accuracy. Today’s rapidly changing global economy makes it an imperative to be well networked in order to prosper or even survive.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Occupational Health & Safety
Lake Hume Mens Shed can provide Members with manuals and support for implementing and maintaining good OH&S standards in their men’s sheds. The support services include OH&S appraisals, help and advice on particular issues that need to be addressed through to legal advice.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Opportunity Generation
A feature of Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia is its capacity to generate opportunities for members. Opportunities can range from developing new activities and programs for the members, to implementing new fund raising opportunities to help build a valuable and well financed sustainable men’s shed, to generate jobs and business opportunities for the men’s shed and its members.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Partnerships
Partnerships are not a form of charity, but are an accepted marketing and funding tool. Today the quickest road to success is to operate with others, not alone. The economy is much too volatile and too hostile for most men’s sheds that operate in isolation. It is just too hard doing it by yourself.  Survival and success is enhanced by being an active men’s shed with active partnerships. You will have more success by relinquishing any stand alone independent attitudes. 

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Project Management
Project Management is the discipline of organising and managing resources in such a way that they deliver all the work required to complete a project within defined scope, quality, and time and cost constraints. Ideas and opportunities abound, it is the implementation that lets you down. Lake Hume Mens Shed Project Management Systems and the Helpdesk will ensure that you get projects up, and that you manage them to fruition.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Purchasing
Purchasing refers to a function whereby the men’s shed obtains the inputs required for what it produces, as well as other goods and services it requires to run the men’s shed. Lake Hume Mens Shed can help you in procurement or advice on where and how to get what you are looking for.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Resource Centre (See Infrastructure Services)
Without the extensive resources of Lake Hume Mens Shed it would be impossible to deliver all the services required by such a diverse range of men’s sheds. The Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia Resource Centre contains thousands of learning modules, information and knowledge documents, training materials, tools, processes, checklists, templates and learning materials to assist members to manage and grow their men’s shed to meet the requirements of the members and the community.  The materials in the Resource Centre allow you to get what you want, when you want it and in keeping with Best Practice.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Site Visits
While Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia’s delivery of support through the most extensive world-class technology, supplemented by face-to-face contact with members. Lake Hume Mens Shed Australia encourages members to visit with out people in order to better understand the workings of Lake Hume Mens Shed and how to maximise available opportunities. Lake Hume Mens Shed also visits communities across Australia to see and hear about men’s sheds first hand and look for ways to better serve them.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Speakers
Lake Hume Mens Shed’s people are constantly speaking to groups across Australia ranging from small groups of members to ‘key note’ speakers at national forums of over 1,000 delegates. There are many messages to be conveyed.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Technology
The infrastructure of Lake Hume Mens Shed is based on World Best Practice technology which enables us to run a quality Helpdesk, manage vast amounts of information in our Resource Centre and manage all the people associated with the Network. Without this technology and the resources that have been built into it, it would be prohibitively expensive to do what Lake Hume Mens Shed is doing.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Tools and Processes
An extensive range of tools, processes, checklists and templates are available to members to assist with efficient and effective management of the men’s shed and its activities. Examples include men’s shed analysis tools, men’s sheds and community Capacity Analysis tools, health tools, promotion grids, all designed to assist you with sound management of your men’s shed.

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Lake Hume Mens Shed Website
The Lake Hume Mens Shed website is the focal point of our service delivery. It contains information about our organisation; the men’s shed locator, links to other websites, news items, audio/visual presentations and access to the Resource Centre. The website allows all of these things to be accessed by our Members from anywhere in the world 24 hours a day seven days a week.

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