The Dickson Community Men’s Shed is seeking a permanent home to support the mental health and well-being of local men around the Dickson catchment between Brisbane and Moreton Bay.
The movement, established after the lockdown periods, has become a vital source of companionship and purpose for hundreds of men, as they grapple with the challenges of social isolation. This group encourages men to gather, volunteer, teach, learn, and seek fellowship with like-minded individuals.
Dickson encompasses suburbs like Albany Creek, Arana Hills, Bray Park, Brendale, Cashmere, Dayboro, Eatons Hill, Everton Hills, Ferny Hills, Joyner, Kallangur, Lawnton, Mount Glorious, Mount Nebo, Petrie, Samford Valley, Strathpine and Warner.
Challenges in Finding a Permanent Location
Unfortunately, the group is currently facing a considerable challenge in securing a permanent home to operate from. Doug Gaw and Paul Holstein approached the local council over a year ago to claim a piece of land for the community group, but they have yet to receive approval.
For now, the members meet twice a month at the Four Mile Creek Hotel, and they have recently secured a timeslot at the Albany Creek Community Centre in October. These gatherings have provided a sense of community and camaraderie, but they are eager for a permanent space.
Since its founding, the men’s shed has already attracted 24 members, and it has seen a recent increase in expressions of interest from the local community. With Brendale, Albany Creek, Eatons Hill, and Strathpine all within their catchment area, the potential for membership growth is substantial, considering the region’s rapid population increase.
Once they secure a permanent home, the men plan to offer a wide range of activities, including metalwork and woodwork, cooking classes, arts and crafts classes, and hosting guest speakers. These activities will not only enrich the lives of its members but also contribute positively to the local community.
For those interested in learning more about The Dickson Community Men’s Shed or wishing to support this community initiative, you can contact Secretary Des Leonard at email@example.com.