The Keysmen Shed is the men’s shed for the suburb of Keysborough. It is an unincorporated entity, operating under the auspices of the Keysborough Learning Centre (KLC). The Keysmen Shed is financially supported by KLC. KLC provides the land, utility and operating costs. A Memorandum of Understanding is in place for this financial support, which is ongoing and anticipated to continue into the foreseeable future.
The Keysmen Shed has established a men’s shed committee which oversees the activities of the shed. This committee has six volunteer members from the membership of the Keysmen Shed and the KLC Community Development Manager. This committee meets on a monthly basis during the year.
The Keysmen Shed has a vision complimentary to that of KLC. The KLC vision and objectives are as follows:
KLC Vision Statement: A welcoming, nurturing community where people are encouraged to grow to their full potential.
KLC Objectives: The object of the centre shall be to act at all times as a community dedicated service and care for all. Provide a friendly place of learning and enrichment; seek at all times to remain within the financial reach of low-income people and families and be without discrimination, be a place of welcome to all in the community of Keysborough.
More specifically, the Keysmen Shed provides:
· A place to escape
· A place to meet
· A place to help out
· A place where men can talk, joke, work, play and socialise
The Keysmen Shed has a fully equipped workshop and kitchen where men can spend time with each other, swap yarns, use wood and other materials to produce various products using a variety of tools. The KLC provides funds to the Keysmen Shed to allow them to purchase supplies for lunch which the men cook and share together.
The men support KLC, become involved in community projects and/or pursue personal interests and projects.
All men are very welcome.
The shed is open to all men every Friday from 9.00am until approximately 2.00pm.
REBURBISHMENT PROJECT 2014/2015
During 2014/2015, the Keysmen Shed was able to undertake a substantial refurbishment project, thanks to the generous support of the Victorian Government (Department of Human Services) with a grant of $21,000, and the Australian Communities Foundation (Slater & Gordon) with a grant of $3,516 for adjustable workbenches. The total project cost was just over $35,000, including labour of the Keysmen Shed and funds from KLC. The project incorporated: Workroom being cleared of redundant equipment, cupboards, benches and shelving; introduction of six new adjustable workbenches (with electrical outlets from ceiling); new shed for community bus; garage floor sealed; garage door fitted; electrical work for both workroom and new garage; asphalt for disability parking outside shed laid; signage; final clean-up. The project was managed by the Keysmen Shed Committee, with logistical and financial assistance from the Keysborough Learning Centre.