Back in 2016 I was President of N.O.R.A. (NORTHGATE OAKDEN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION) and the idea of building a “Men’s Shed” in the local area was discussed by the committee.
Fortunately for us, in 2017 the former Labor Government introduced a “Fund My Neighborhood” program which meant that local residents could nominate a community project if they were sponsored by a registered organization or incorporated body. With the assistance of Dana Wortley MP, Member for Torrens and residents voting for our project, we were successful in being a project selected to receive the maximum grant of $150,000 to build the “OAKDEN MEN’S SHED”.
The 2018 State Election and subsequent change of government stalled our construction plans and unfortunately the original idea of an ‘ Oakden Men’s Shed’ was then not possible. After many months of lobbying the Port Adelaide Enfield Council to find another site to build our shed, the Enfield Community Centre was identified as a suitable location and we were able to start construction at the rear of the Enfield Community Centre in September 2019.
The “Regency Community Men’s Shed” was officially opened on 8th February 2020 but due to COVID- 19 restrictions we were forced to close on 16th March 2020.
After a delay of 3 months we were able to reopen the workshop to members and participants on 15th June 2020 which was fantastic.
Since reopening we have made and supplied over 200 various Bird Nest Boxes for South Australian bushfire ravaged areas around Lobethal, Cudlee Creek and the Fleurieu Peninsula, just to name a few.
Current projects including making “Little Street Libraries” whereby residents may exchange/swap books free of charge. Next year we propose to expand our service to “Lifestyle Activities” which will start in the Community Centre on Thursdays.
There will be opportunities for men to socialize together, guest speakers on mental health and wellbeing, basic cooking lessons, indoor carpet bowls and organized outings etc.
I would like to thank all those that were involved in making the RCMS a great space for the local community to enjoy.
Norman R. Ogier JP
Regency Community Men's Shed Inc is a new organisation and the first purpose built Men's Shed in the Port Adelaide Enfield Council area. The Shed was officially opened in February, 2020. We have been supported by Council to develop a range of activities focusing on Men's Health. Many men who reside in the council area are isolated and there are few activities that target and support men's wellbeing. The shed is not only about bringing men together to use the woodwork workshop to make items for the community but has a major focus on positive lifestyle and improved wellbeing. This project supports Council's City Plan goals of Economy, Community, Placemaking and Leadership. It also contributes to community development goals of being connected, giving back and high wellbeing.
Who We Are
Our Men's Shed is a self-governed Incorporated body with Charity status. We started with a steering committee of interested community members. A Committee of elected members was formed after our first AGM in October 2020. We work closely with the Port Adelaide City Council and have a Councillor and a Council employee on our Committee. We also enjoy close links and positive support from our local Members of Parliament.
We have concentrated on establishing our workshop which is mainly set up for carpentry. We have also established a kitchen area where we can all sit around and have a cuppa and a chat. This area is as well used as the workshop. As of November 2020 we have around 50 members and growing. Basically this facility was established for men but we also have a women's workshop session on Monday afternoons. There are no mixed groups. We are already planning for future expansion. A recently purchased shipping container has been purchased for storage and has been located next to our workshop. We intend to construct a metal work area and establish a garden.