There is not a one-size-fits-all model for men's sheds or a simple or single recipe for success. Well planned, connected and supported sheds that are realistic in their aims are more likely to be successful.
A men's shed should be built on solid foundations, with a vision of strategic intent, good leadership, sound policy and processes and support from external agencies. Sheds are most vulnerable during their start-up phase, where enthusiasm is high, experience is minimal, processes are lacking, expertise is deficient and capital is scarce, so this is when planning and support counts most.
It is during this stage that sheds require the most support. Organisations most likely to flounder in the short or medium term are those with tenuous foundations that rely on one or two individuals without a clear plan that operate in isolation. An early association with Lake Hume Mens Shed is likely to alleviate the likelihood of failure in the formative stages.
Lake Hume Mens Shed services are guided by our overarching strategies:
- To provide the skill, expertise and resources to any community group to enable it to establish, effectively operate and sustain their men's shed.
- To facilitate links between men and health-related agencies, family organisations and specialist health professionals within the community.
- To advocate the benefits of partnerships between men's sheds and their community.
- To demonstrate to men's sheds how their operation can be cost neutral, that is, that its ongoing costs can be met or exceeded by its revenue.
- To initiate and disseminate research on topics of particular relevance to men.
- To provide a strong national voice on men's issues and men's sheds.
- To provide opportunities for men's sheds and their communities
- To support the creation of jobs and new businesses