What is a Community Shed?
It is a place where groups from all walks of life can meet to share ideas and skills, build friendships, improve health levels and most importantly have fun.
How did it come about?
The need for a community shed was identified through Eskleigh’s individual leisure program assessments where the need to find appropriate, worthwhile activities was identified. Through preliminary discussions, phone calls, meetings and correspondence with a number of politicians, service groups and community members, it was identified that there is a need for a shed, for not only Eskleigh clients, but for the broader community. Men and women of all ages, abilities and socio-economic groups, as well as both primary and secondary school students, have become a part of the shed culture right across Australia.
What happened next?
With the support of the Northern Midlands Council and numerous local service groups, the Eskleigh Community Shed Association was formed in March 2009 to develop and manage a community shed. Mr Ian Goninon heads up the Committee which meets at Eskleigh Home at 5.30pm on the third Tuesday of the each month. Community Members are welcome to attend.
Where is it?
The Community Shed is located in the Heritage listed Coach House in the grounds of Eskleigh Home at Perth. It has been revamped to include a disabled toilet, a new kitchen and improved access to the building.
Programs & Activities
Activities & programs are open to members of the community and the clients of Eskleigh Home. The primary activity is the crafting of wood products
What’s it cost?
It costs $2 per day to participate in the shed activities
It is intended the project will be self-sufficient after 2 years of operation. Income will be generated by selling items made and undertaking community projects.
Membership & Volunteers
The Committee is seeking to expand its membership, and invites assistance from volunteers to act as supervisors. Membership of the Association is $5 per annum.