Men shed loneliness

ALSTONVILLE retiree Harold Roberts doesn't like being stuck in a 'dog box'.

So when he heard about the new men's shed opening in the village his grin spread from ear to ear.

Mr Roberts was one of about 60 local men who gathered at the Pearces Creek Road site to take part in the official opening of the Alstonville Village Shed this week.

“It's a great idea, fabulous,” Mr Roberts said.

“Most of us don't have the space to do anything productive, but this will give us room to make things like tables, shelves and cupboards, whatever we need.

“And we can get out and socialise and share memories, otherwise we're stuck in a dog box.”

The shed is an initiative of Alstonville Adventist Aged Care, Alstonville Uniting Church Men's Group and U3A North Coast.

It offers a fully-equipped workshop with hand, electric and bench-mounted tools.

It will also give men opportunities to develop friendships, 'chill out', get involved in activities and projects, and learn skills.

Paul Mitchell, managing director of the Alstonville Adventist Retirement Village, said the shed was the result of nine months of hard work and commitment from the community.

He said local businesses had helped with the project. Richmond Waste donated a portable toilet and Smith's Joinery Casino installed benches and the kitchen area.

“Women often have their craft days and morning teas, but there is not a lot in that way for retired men to do,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This shed will help fill that gap.”

The shed is at 45 Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville, and is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with U3A members meeting at the shed on Wednesdays.

For more information call 6628 1944.

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