New centre for men’s mental health

Fun and friends: Phil Potsbury, Jim Sutcliffe and Sam Shakouri enjoy their time at The Airds Bradbury Men's Shed. Picture: Chris Lane.

Fun and friends: Phil Potsbury, Jim Sutcliffe and Sam Shakouri enjoy their time at The Airds Bradbury Men's Shed. Picture: Chris Lane.

Men who seek help, refuge or good, old-fashioned friendship are always welcome at the Airds Bradbury Men’s Shed.

That’s the message from manager and Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative representative Andrew McGlinchy.

Mr McGlinchy and the Men’s Shed team will hold an open day on Friday, October 28 from 10.30am to 1.30pm for people who want to find out more about the organisation.

“Come down and find out what we are all about,” he said.

“We will also unveil our new premises which will be used as the Airds Bradbury Centre for Men.”

The new centre will provide men with access to services including counselling, ability linkers and legal aid.

Mr McGlinchy said the new centre would also focus on suicide prevention.

“This is the first time a Men’s Shed has offered anything like this,” he said.

“There is a lack of services around the Airds area so we are trying to fill that void. It’s a new concept.”

Mr McGlinchy said he had met a lot of men who had experienced suicidal thoughts.

“The Men’s Shed is a place where they can come relax and have a bit of male camaraderie,” he said.

“You really have to visit the centre to see what the atmosphere is like.”

The open day will provide people with a chance to see the centre, enjoy live entertainment, a raffle and a free lunch.

Mr McGlinchy said the event would also showcase the range of activities and hobbies the Men’s Shed has on offer for members.

“We have gardens, wood work, leather work and we also run computer classes,” he said.

“Some people come to do some work, others come for a cup of tea and a bit of cake.”

Mr McGlinchy said the open day was open to anybody who was interested in the Men’s Shed and the new centre for men.

“Everyone is invited to come along and see what we’re all about,” he said.

“We want to make it bigger and better for all of our members.”

Details: 4627 1188 or info@mdsi.org.au.

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