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Shoulder to shoulder with CSS

A new Men’s Shed in the Pilbara has kicked off helping its local community, with help from CSS members.

The Men’s Shed movement is a hard thing to pin down, even though it’s based on a simple idea. It’s really many community spaces, addressing the different needs of men’s health in different communities. It started as a community-based way of dealing with men’s health issues in regional areas like Broken Hill and Albury in New South Wales, and as a service for older men and Vietnam veterans in South Australia. Today there’s more than 900 of them in Australia. And the most recent began its life this time a year ago in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The motto of the movement is ‘shoulder to shoulder’. It’s based on the idea that men communicate better with each other talking shoulder to shoulder in a work environment than they do face to face. “Traditionally Men’s Sheds have arisen from the need to cater for retired men to become involved in a non-discriminatory A new Men’s Shed in the Pilbara has kicked off helping its local community, with help from CSS members. Shoulder to shoulder with CSS group that promotes men’s health and wellbeing,” says Gregg Coe, president of the Hedland Men’s Shed. “This is done through education sessions, social interaction and activities, and being a focal point in the community for the identification of men’s health issues and actions to resolve.”

Coe points out that there is minimal support for men in the Pilbara. The Hedland Men’s Shed will be the first opportunity for men to gather in a safe environment and be part of a nonprofit community development-based organisation. “Hedland Men’s Shed will follow along similar paths but our membership is open to all men 18 years old and above who will come from a diverse group such as retirees, shift workers and weekday workers and others. The Men’s Shed is a great opportunity to help each other and the community.” Many CSS Group members are involved at some level with local Men’s Sheds, as member stores are key parts of their own communities. That’s why Nick and Sherrie Howat at Pilbara Tools & Fasteners were involved recently in raising money for the Cassia Primary School at the Milwaukee Sale day—with the help of Coe and the Hedland Men’s Shed. Gregg was introduced to Jeff Wellard from CSS Group and Milwaukee representatives, Joe Mancuso from Melbourne and Peter Mabbs from Perth. “I would like to sincerely thank Nick and Sherrie of Pilbara Tools & Fasteners, Jeff Wellard CSS Group, Joe Mancuso and Peter Mabbs Milwaukee, for all their generous support and donations to help establish our shed,” Coe said. Over $600 was raised during the two-day Milwaukee Sale event and the proceeds were donated to Cassia Primary School.


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