Men to get moving

PLAYFORD Men’s Shed is going mobile.

The 40-member group is currently building a trailer to be fitted with a barbecue and work bench, enabling volunteers to work with communities outside of the men’s Davoren Park base.

The project, called “Men’s Shed On The Move”, is something other sheds across the state are also expected to create in coming months.

Playford Men’s Shed president Michael Smith said the trailer will be a way to better service local people and to contribute to more community projects.

“There are a lot of women out there that want some little jobs done, that might live alone, and we will be able to help them,” he said.

“It’s about getting the tools out to them and helping them and other people in the community, too.

“We’ve done lots of projects, like Anzac Day commemorative things, we’ve done a lot of work up at Elizabeth Rise by building outdoor furniture; we’ve built lots of things for the community.”

Angle Vale and Virginia are two areas that are already in the members’ sights, although these trips won’t commence for another several months, with the trailer’s build only ramping up last week.

“It will be good when we fit it out and get it happening,” Mr Smith said.

“Hopefully, every two weeks we’ll get out and visit somewhere, and make sure it all happens.”

Mr Smith said he expects the mobile service will be highly beneficial, similar to the regular in-house programs.

“Most of our members are retired and like to come along just to get out of the house,” he said.
“Some just like to hang out, have a chat and have a coffee.

“This will allow people that can’t travel to the shed to still be involved and socialise, too.”

Playford Men’s Shed is involved in a number of Playford Council projects and community projects.

Mr Smith said a recent initiative that members are extremely proud of is building scooter racks at Playford’s Stretton Centre, located at Munno Para.

To find out more about the Playford Men’s Shed, visit playford.sa.gov.au/mensprograms

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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