Women’s shed seeks support – The North Central Review

By Colin MacGillivray

WOMEN across the City of Whittlesea will have a chance to learn valuable do-it-yourself home maintenance skills and build new friendships with the formation of a women’s shed.

The shed aims to model itself on the successful network of men’s sheds across Australia, which provide men with a social space in which they can bond with other men while working on handmade craft projects.

Mernda Community House project worker Ash Lee said the proposed women’s shed in the City of Whittlesea would aim to instill confidence in women across the region when it came to DIY projects.

“Before COVID-19 hit, Mernda Community House ran a DIY basic home-maintenance session with Bunnings,” she said.

“Twelve women from various age groups attended, which was great.

“Traditionally women are not associated with maintenance, but what we saw was that women wanted to feel more independent about knowing how to fix things on their own around the house, because many of them lived alone.

“This made us think of starting a women’s shed – a safe space where women can get together to learn practical skills and meet other women.

“We posted on Facebook about this idea and we were surprised at the amount of interest from the community.”

Ms Lee said the shed would have a unique focus on women’s issues and instilling basic skills in its members.

She said women could sometimes feel intimidated by working with tools, but said a desire to learn was clearly…

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