Drop-in to the Shed

Members of the Maleny Men's Shed invite blokes to drop in and say hi!

Members of the Maleny Men’s Shed invite blokes to drop in and say hi!

The Mapleton Men’s Shed has opened a free drop-in centre on September 4 for local men.

Running weekdays from 9.30am til noon at Mapleton’s newly renovated Forestry Barracks, the centre offers a range of activities, from computing facilities, board games, television, newspapers and books.

Men’s Shed member, Frans Staats, has been involved from the beginning, and shares some of his experience.

“Our goal was to have a space where men could socialise, pursue their interests or just get away from it all, without the need for memberships. I take it on me to supervise the drop-in centre five days a week…

“I was picked because I get on with people, I make them feel comfortable, “ he grins. “I had a hotel background in Asia, and now I am chef of the luncheons, every month. We get about 40-50 people.”

Frans says that despite the ‘shed’ name, the men are “not all woodworkers or metalworkers, they’re just men who come to socialise. Every older man has a story to tell and they do tell them!”

Frans is happy with the way things are progressing. “They built a new kitchen for me in the barracks. Where the three bedrooms were, the kitchen is now, with hot and cold running water.

“The workshop is out the back with wood, metal and any other workshop material they want. And we do things for the Mapleton Library, putting bookcases on castors and things like that.

“We also provide tea, coffee and biscuits, in the old pantry, for a gold coin donation, along with some good old conversation.”

This great initiative is one of many ways the Mapleton Men’s Shed has served the community and with such a dedicated group, any visitors to the centre will be in good company.

“We just hope the older guys will come out and drop in – you don’t have to be a member just come and say hello…” says Frans.

For more information call Frans at 54786975 or drop by during opening hours at 52 Delicia Road, Old Forestry Barracks, Mapleton.