From seasoned tradies to DIY enthusiasts, people from the Clarence and Richmond Valleys and beyond are celebrating Australian Men’s Shed Week, which Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis says is a good time to get to know your local Shed.

“Locally we have Men’s Sheds in Grafton, Townsend, Iluka, Evans Head and Casino that I’m aware of,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The Nationals in Government regularly provide grants to these organisations, like $20,000 to both Casino and Grafton and $6000 for Townsend last year. There are two very good reasons for this: mateship and service.”

The motto of the Men’s Shed movement is “Shoulder to Shoulder”, which illustrates the camaraderie it provides, particularly to men who would otherwise struggle with social isolation. Thanks to the combined experience, talents and free time of their members, Men’s Sheds give a lot back to the community, such as nesting boxes for wildlife in public spaces.

“If you’re looking for great new mates, feeling fidgety or wanting to use or upgrade your skills, do yourself a favour and get on down to your local Men’s Shed,” Mr Gulaptis said.

You can find your nearest one at the Men’s Shed website.