Men talk, so make sure they are having the right conversations.
What’s so good about your men’s shed?
Many men are looking for something special in the organisations that they belong to, something that will help them to grow and feel that they are a valued part of their community. A well-run men’s shed can certainly engage men with their community and help them to have a feeling of belonging.
If a prospective member says, “yes” to any of the following, then perhaps it is worth them taking the time to have a closer look at what the men’s shed has to offer. See what you can offer them, for their low membership subscription.
- Do you have trouble implementing your ideas?
- Are you having trouble seeing your future direction?
- Do you have trouble with the sales of your skills and products?
- Do you want to become better organised?
- Are you interested in improving your health and well-being?
- Are you in a continuous state of struggle as you go through a transition?
- Are you having trouble keeping up and learning new skills?
- Are you looking for better ways to get involved and help your community?
- Are you looking for more up to date information and knowledge?
- Do you want to reduce the risks you have to deal with, including the risk of failure?
- Do you want to keep up to date with the new ways of doing things?
- Are you looking for a safer growth path for the future?
- Are you looking to improve and add to your skills?
- Do you find it “too hard doing it by yourself”?
- Are you considering starting your own business or organisation?
- Would you like some help with your business or product development?
The following fundamental questions should be asked about your men’s shed;
- Is your men’s shed really what men want and need and are looking for?
- Will the men’s shed have a positive impact on the men and their family’s lives?
- Will members be getting good value for money and time spent?
- Will your men’s shed build self-confidence, self-esteem?
- Will the men’s shed help men with their health and well-being?
- Do you know how to address men’s problems and frustrations?
“It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect”. Robert Louis Stevenson
Involvement of women in the men’s shed
Women are the backbone and driving force behind many men’s sheds.
Frequently, the women folk and the family members will help out, which can have a significant impact on the success of the men’s shed, as well as being very rewarding for them.
The contribution made by women to the men’s shed is almost essential and should be greatly valued. Without the ladies, the going can become very difficult.
It should be kept in mind that it is our women and families who bear the brunt of our frustrations and health problems and thankfully still provide us men with the necessary support.
The men’s shed can help women to improve the social interaction, with their man in the community. Research shows that men are:
- Men are more likely to go into their ‘caves’.
- Not as likely to socialise as women.
- Men are not as willing to try new things.
- Socially men are less confident.
- Men are less likely to become volunteers.
- Many men need leadership or simple a push.
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I am always surprised when members of a men’s shed can’t see the relationship between the quality of the men’s shed and its facilities and men’s willingness for becoming active members.
I have also seen women folk ignored even though they are the ones responsible for bringing along their men and encouraging them to join.
Often young men are not as welcome in the men’s sheds as they should be. It should be recognised that it is the young men who teach the old men just as much as the old men teach the young men.