Loneliness is endemic among older men whose lives are bound by their immediate environment. Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they don’t ask for help.
Probably because of this, many men are less healthy than women, they drink more, take more risks and suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression. A variety of factors are to blame including an absence of opportunities to pursue hobbies, lack of local services and low incomes.
Men’s Shed gives men the opportunity to feel good about themselves, to be productive and valuable to their community and to share skills and knowledge with other men.
The Men’s Shed has a coordinator who has both the technical and social skills to develop a safe and happy environment where men are welcome to work a project of their choice in their own time. There is no pressure, men can just come for a cuppa if that’s all they are looking for and have the opportunity to join for a conversation in their native language Spanish.
WHERE: Coniston Men’s Shed
5 Miller St, Coniston
Cnr of Miller and Fox sts
(Rear of ITeC Building)
WHEN: Wednesday, 9am to 12pm
Tea and coffee provided (bring your own snack)
This project is run by The Building Healthy Men Project – Coniston Men’s Shed is operated by Healthy Cities Illawarra (HCI) and funded by FaHCSIA Family Support Program -