Three local Men’s Sheds in the Toowoomba region’s recently received donated wood materials from Grand Central, which are now being transformed into items such as planter boxes, and helping keep their sheds running.

The donated materials were previously used in children’s activation in-centres, and were no longer needed, says Julia Thompson, Marketing Executive at Grand Central. Murray Trewavas, President of Toowoomba West Men’s Shed, adds that they were very grateful for the donation received. Likewise the donations made, will not only help the shed to continue their operation for months to come but will also help fund for prostate cancer awareness and support.

“The materials were dispersed to three local Men’s Sheds – Toowoomba City Men’s Shed, the Steve Jones Community Men’s Shed at Withcott, and the Toowoomba West Men’s Shed at Glenvale – and is being re-purposed to benefit the community.” Additionally, Mr Trewavas announced that so far the materials have been used to make work benches, garden wishing well, planter boxes, and the new shed at Withcott, with benches and shelves.“The materials will also be used to repair customers’ items and build custom one-off products to order as required. The three Men’s Sheds provide support and social interaction for more than 100 men of varied ages across our local community. The aim of the Men’s Shed is also to encourage men to take charge of their own mental, physical and emotional well being. Reducing social isolation is another facet. ”

“We’re always looking for new members, so if you or anyone you know is interested in learning new skills or have skills you would like to pass on, contact your nearest Men’s Shed,” Mr Trewavas said. “So if you are looking for unusual gifts or handmade wood toys and home wares, if you need a custom made item built, or repairs, consider supporting your local Men’s Shed,” Mr Trewavas said. To donate, contact Toowoomba West Men’s Shed on 0467 004 018.

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