Diversity and Inclusiveness
We welcome men from all walks of life and encourage their fullest participation.
We respect our members, the community ownership of the shed, and our grass-roots spirit and ethos.
We enjoy conversation, camaraderie, mutual understanding, and trust.
Honesty and integrity
We strive to be transparent and open in all that we do.
A supportive culture
We act collegially and cooperatively and look to bring out the best in each other.
After visiting an operating Men’s Shed while on holidays, Bert Dyt became interest in the Men’s Shed movement. Further investigation revealed that it was a rapidly expanding movement in cities and rural communities across Australia, focusing on men’s wellbeing and considered to be an important addition to any community.
During a convivial afternoon with Jeff Needham early in 2011, the idea of a Men’s Shed in Glen Eira was hatched. Initial Contact with Glen Eira City Council lead to a connection with Jackie Gleeson of Bentleigh Bayside Community Health (now Connect Health). This led to development of a steering committee and support from Bentleigh Bayside to proceed with the establishment of a Men’s Shed.
Glen Eira City Council cemented their interest in Men’s sheds with the offer of premises (albeit small), and funding for initial equipment
A well-attended public meeting in early 2012, indicated strong support for a Men’s Shed in the area.
On 12th July, in a small building, the size of a single garage at Packer Park in Carnegie, with a wood fire outside for warmth and toilets across the park. Glen Eira Community Men’s Shed formally opened
Early membership growth was strong, so almost immediately, we were looking for premises big enough to cope with our growing demands.
With support from the Bentleigh Moorabbin Central Rotary Club, in early 2013 the Shed relocated to premises at 185 Wickham Road Moorabbin, with the Leighmoor Parish of the Uniting Church as landlord. This immediately gave us more space, and with the full co-operation of the church our space expended to match membership growth.
With the move, we were no longer with the Glen Eira boundary, but were part of the City of Kingston – so our name was changed to Bentmoor Community Men’s Shed to reflect our
By 2015 it was clear that, at some point in the future, we would outgrow the space available at Wickham Road – so approaches were made to Glen Eira Council for larger premises more suited to our requirements and able to cater for our ongoing expansion. We had initially established ourselves as the first shed in Glen Eira, and we were keen to return there and the council was also keen for our return.
During this period we continued to grow our membership and consolidate our activities in the shed, and discussion commenced with the council for them to provide us with a suitable facility to cater for future needs. Towards the end of 2018, Glen Eira Council approved development of a new Shed facility and meetings between council and shed personal are held to finalize location and then commence design details for a new shed.
A fire after-hours in the Shed resulted in both workshops being closed for several months while the landlord’s insurer organized building repairs and we purchased new equipment after our insurer’s lengthy assessment and write-off process.
We continued an active and upgraded social program during this period, with strong member attendance.
By May 2019, workshops were mostly fully operational again with generally all new equipment.
Final location of the new facility at Moorleigh Community Village was established and detailed plans for a new purpose-built shed were drawn up.
Dec: VIP sod-turning ceremony to commence construction of the new facility.
March saw the start of the COVID 19 epidemic which caused severe disruption to shed operations, but membership remained strong and shed opened whenever it could under relevant restrictions. Shed building was completed and agreements for our new tenancy had been reached by years end.
On Feb 1st after much planning and preparation, we moved all our furniture, tools, equipment, materials and works-in-progress into the new facility, with considerable assistance from Glen Eira City Council. The formal VIP opening was held under strict COVID protocol on Feb 29th. In late March a public open day was held.
Bentmoor Community Men’s Shed continues to develop in its new purpose-built facility. Although still restricted by COVID-Safe compliance requirements, we have managed to be fully operational when able to open and we have introduced new programs to get as many men engaged as possible.