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Everyone handles things differently, with some men's sheds getting greater results than others. Even though men's sheds can be quite different there are many things that are common.

Starting a men's shed can be both thrilling and scary at the same time. On one hand you anticipate the services that you will be able to provide for the men and people in the community. On the other hand, you worry about how you'll manage if you can't get sufficient funding and members to make the men's shed work.

You don't want to stay awake worrying all night, so avail yourself of the many resources Lake Hume Mens Shed can make available to help you.

An old shed being extended for a new men's shed


Lake Hume Mens Shed brings much needed support to starting and operating a men's shed and to the opportunities and projects by providing an extensive support infrastructure, including this Website, the Helpdesk, the Resource Centre and the Network. We provide you with the information, knowledge, tools, processes, checklists, templates, programs and training materials that you will need to establishment and develop your local men's shed; we save you "reinventing the wheel".


Lake Hume Mens Shed can assist you in many ways, such as:

  • Helping you to understanding the concepts involved
  • Understanding the needs of the men in your community
  • Designing a portfolio of activities for the men's shed
  • Incorporation and structuring the business side of the men's shed
  • Providing planning and project management expertise
  • Securing partnerships and community support
  • Member recruiting and management tips and ideas
  • Developing product and service ideas and managing projects
  • Funding and insurance for the men's shed
  • Marketing the products and services of the men's shed
  • Marketing to your community
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Purchasing and acquisition of plant and equipment
  • Acquisition of raw materials
  • And much more...


The Benefits of Working in a National Network

There are too many difficulties in today's modern and fast passed world to start-up and develop a men's shed independently or in isolation. "It is too hard doing it by yourself". The Lake Hume Mens Shed Network extends across the regional, rural, remote and urban areas of Australia and other countries and can be of great value to everyone.

  • Influences and experiences are shared when starting a men's shed
  • Successful strategies used by others in the past can be applied
  • Access to known issues that could be encountered, before they happen
  • Identification of products and services that might be needed
  • Availability of 'How too...' to help you manage you men's shed
  • Results or history to learn from and build upon
  • Provides a form of collateral for funding
  • More opportunities are provided to learn about men and their men's sheds
  • Makes it easy for men to visit other men's sheds when they are travelling
  • It is more fun working as a team
Exchanging ideas at a seminar in Central Queensland


If you are interested in becoming involved in starting a men's shed, need some help with your existing men' shed, or just require further details about Membership of Lake Hume Mens Shed:

Email: or Telephone: +61 (03) 9740 6667