Men’s Shed in Tweed Heads offers social support and connections

Posted by Shelby Hutchinson | 13 Sep 2013

McKenzie Aged Care Group acknowledges that maintaining friendships and social connections gets harder as we age and lose touch with people.

Men’s Shed in Tweed Heads offers social support and connections image

That’s why all McKenzie’s residential facilities have a jam-packed activities calendar, with social groups, special clubs and excursions for residents to join.

As part of Men’s Health Week this year, Raffles Men’s Group was visited by John Pitt from Tweed Heads Men’s Shed who talked to them about the program. The group asked lots of questions and found the session very informative.

Men’s Sheds operate all around the country. As well as giving men a space to work on practical ‘handyman’ tasks, they also foster a positive environment to discuss life’s ups and downs and build bonds of mateship amongst members.

Barbara Tsakmakis, the Diversional Therapist at Raffles in Tweed Heads, says members of Raffles’ Men’s Group are looking forward to attending the Tweed Heads Men’s Shed in the near future.

“Hopefully in the next year the council is going to do some work to improve the men’s shed, including making it wheelchair accessible; the men would love to be able to drop in for a visit,” said Barbara.

“Our lifestyle team’s goal is to continue to connect with people from the community and learn something new by staying active and positive. It does not matter if you are fifty-five or ninety-five; our lifestyle team helps all our residents with their own interests, needs and preferences to find enjoyable and positive activities.”

The McKenzie staff at all facilities work very hard to ensure residents are fulfilled physically, socially and emotionally.

IMAGE: All the residents gave John Pitt a big thumbs up. L-R: Back Row: Ron Pendreigh, Eric Paxton, Ian Reid, Cyril Hughes, Guest Speaker John Pitt and Diversional Therapist Barbara Tsakmakis. Front Row: Ron Howell, Lou Bianchetti, Tom Frost, Eric Gray, John Bamfield and Bill Finlay.