The Port Phillip Men’s Shed Christmas Tree Stall will be popping up at the Market on Sunday 13 December. All hand-made wooden trees are made by members of the Men’s Shed, an organisation which provides a space for Men in the City of Port Phillip to gather together and support each other. These wooden trees make the perfect decoration or Christmas gift.
The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, maybe making Mynah bird traps or fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. You might also see a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with.