Exciting projects take shape

August 22, 2017

Tatura Sacred Heart Primray School Men's shed participants (back) Lincoln Vincitorio, Rocco Nigro, (front) Daniel Reys, Tom Steinfort, Riordan Ward-Sloan, Isah Hunter, Patrick McCarthy and Kacee Swettenham.

Tatura Men's Shed volunteer Leigh Williams helps Lincoln Vincitorio hammer in some nails.

Kacee Swettenham works on the chair they plan to restore.

Rocco Nigro sands back a chair the boys will restore.

The Sacred Heart Men’s Shed participants have been working on some exciting projects as part of the weekly program, which sees the school and community group come together.

Held once each week, about eight students take part in the program each term which, according to Sacred Heart wellbeing officer Kate Dainton, has a waiting list.

‘‘Men’s Sheds were designed to help with men’s mental health,’’ Ms Dainton said.

‘‘We really wanted a program for the boys where they can come and take part and also have a mentor with them, too.’’

Ms Dainton said the participants made a wealth of things — basically whatever they could make.

‘‘We’ve made dog kennels, stools, bird feeders, vertical gardens, a rocking-horse turned rocking-bull, cubby houses and more,’’ she said.

‘‘They learn amazing skills; they design their projects.’’

Students work in groups and as individuals to complete various projects during the 1.5-hour-long session.

With the help of a generous donation from Crow Constructions, Ms Dainton said they had been fortunate to receive all the support.

‘‘The Men’s Shed have also donated a lot of materials,’’ she said.

‘‘They’ve been incredible with donating their time as well.

‘‘The students just love it.

‘‘They get to own their pieces, too, and they’re always so proud.’’

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