Mates called to band together for a common good

The Australian Men's Shed Association says hanging out with your mates is good for your health.
The Australian Men's Shed Association says hanging out with your mates is good for your health.

"You're never too old to get something out of having a group friends", says Australian Men's Shed Association executive officer David Helmers on this, the eve of Men's Health Week (June 14 to 20).

Mr Helmers and the association is calling out for fellas far and wide to book in a date with their mates.

The association says that with ageing comes an increasing importance of staying connected to people and to communities. But it stresses, this can become increasingly challenging.

Changes to physical health and a move away from work and family commitments can lead to people becoming socially isolated.

"The empirical evidence is clear," Mr Helmers said. "Social participation is positively linked to mental wellbeing and quality of life, particularly in older people."

Mr Helmers said that meaningful social participation was a platform for good health and wellbeing.

Thousands of men around the country have found found themselves a perfect combination of somewhere to go and something do at their district men's shed.

It's not just about getting together and working wood in a shed. Men's shedders have been known to gather on sporting fields and take up various volunteering posts in their communities.

The association is keen to spread the word, that whatever the action, participants will feel happier for longer.

Hawkesbury Valley Men's Shed is located at Clydesdale Lane, Richmond, and opens Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. For more details call 4572 7768.

To find out about groups in neighbouring areas visit mensshed.org.