With hundreds of Victorian Men’s Sheds still in lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis far from over, National Men’s Shed Week (28 September to 3 October) will certainly look and feel different this year. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a period of inactivity for Australia’s 1200+ Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds. “There are […]
With hundreds of Victorian Men’s Sheds still in lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis far from over, National Men’s Shed Week (28 September to 3 October) will certainly look and feel different this year.
But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a period of inactivity for Australia’s 1200+ Men’s, Women’s and Community Sheds.
“There are several major developments in ‘Shed world’ at the moment and these reinforce the message that now more than ever, the Men’s Shed is more than just a shed,” said AMSA Executive Officer David Helmers.
“‘Shedders’ all over the nation will celebrate the enormous value of the movement and their own Shed — in spirit, if not in person.”
Key announcements from the Australian Men’s Shed Association:
· Historic new legislation has been enacted by the Parliament of Australia granting Men’s Sheds the opportunity to apply for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status as of October 2020. This change to the law means that for the very first time, individual Sheds (which successfully apply) will be able to receive tax-deductible donations directly from individuals and businesses. This is the culmination of around 8 years of advocacy and input by the Australian Men’s Association — and will have untold benefits for Men’s Sheds across Australia.
· A new Community Service Announcement voiced by Michael Caton will be launched to celebrate the vital role played by Men’s Sheds in preventing social isolation. It comes almost a decade after the legendary Australian actor first proclaimed ‘If a man’s home is his castle, then his shed is his kingdom’.
· The Shed Online and The Shed Wireless podcast were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The podcast audience continues to grow, reaching many thousands of older men and women in regular episodes. The story of how The Shed Wireless was born (literally in a back yard shed) will likely go down in history as an innovative and useful response to the unprecedented social isolation and anxiety experienced by older Australians due to the pandemic. Special guests to date include the Governor General of Australia Hon David Hurley (his first ever podcast), Minister for Health Greg Hunt, cricket legend Dennis Lillee and Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis.
Men’s Shed Week is an annual event led by the Australian Men’s Shed Association to highlight the contributions of Men’s Sheds to their members health and wellbeing, and to the wider community. For more information or to find your local Men’s Shed visit https://www.tasmanianmensshed.org.au.
Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/09/mens-shed-week-2020/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mens-shed-week-2020