What is the Victorian Men's Shed Association?
The Victorian Men’s Shed Association (VMSA) represents men and women who participate and work in Men’s Sheds (sometimes called Community Sheds) across Victoria. It was formed to promote and publicise the Men’s Shed concept primarily in Victoria..
There are a variety of Sheds in Victoria from those that are attached to a Neighbourhood House, Community Learning Centre or Church to ‘stand alone’ buildings. The majority of Sheds have tools to be used in the shed or to be lent out to residents in the area. Others are purely set up offering recreational activities.
Sheds are also places for men to:
- put their skills to use for the benefit of their community,
- develop mentor programs for school aged children,
- assist refugees to integrate into their new community, and
- provide a place for participants to have a chat, learn new skills and give back to the community.
Statement of Purpose
- Membership is open to Men’s Sheds in Victoria.
- Individuals may also become members.
- Meetings are held on quarterly basis and more often if required.
- As members come from across Victoria, meetings alternate between rural and city venues.
The Aims of VMSA.
- To promote and publicise the importance of the Men’s Shed concept and Men’s Sheds as individual organisations within the Victorian community.
- To provide a forum for Victorian Community Men’s Sheds to exchange ideas, share experiences, network and find support.
- We aim to collaborate and network with each other, to lobby governments, businesses, community organisations and individuals to provide opportunities for Victorian men to learn and participate in the community.
- We support Victorian men to be happy and healthy contributors within their local community.
- We encourage Victorian men to foster relationships based on respect for people of all abilities and nationalities.
- To present Men’s Sheds to Governments, Non Government Organisations (NGOs), Funding sources, etc
- To provide start up information and documentation for new Men’s Sheds.
- To assist in training, O.H&S, funding, insurance and other advice to Men’s Sheds
- To provide a line of communication between Men’s Sheds
- To act as a neutral body where overall decisions are required – such as location of future meetings, conferences, etc
- The Association will not have any direct control or responsibility for any individual Shed.