Warkworth Men’s Shed is almost ready to officially open its doors, but still needs funds to complete vital electrical, security and safety requirements.
Speaking at last month’s Rodney Local Board meeting, chairman Barry Thompson said the mental health and recycling initiative based at Warkworth Showgrounds needed a significant electrical upgrade, first aid equipment, security measures and fire protection, plus funding for running costs and things like nails, screws and paint.
Once up and running, he told members, the shed aimed to connect people who were becoming increasingly isolated and feeling cut off from society, at a time when depression was on the increase and mental health services were being cut.
Mr Thompson said there were plenty of men with great skills and talent who would just like to get stuck into projects that would help the local environment or community, and the shed could be a great social resource and source of skills.
Although Board funding was not immediately available at this stage, members expressed enthusiastic support for the initiative and its aims, and said it would be back in touch in future.
After the meeting, Mr Thompson said approaches were being made to Auckland Council and community groups for funding help. The group meets at the shed every Monday and Thursday to continue the refurbishment and set-up.
Anyone who wants to know more about the Men’s Shed, or can offer funding or practical help, can contact Barry Thompson on 425 5613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org