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Most communities have halls that are available. , Rental costs, however, may be prohibitive. In which case some community organizations will share their meeting space in exchange for help maintaining grounds or buildings. Consider approaching your Municipal Government, local Hospital or even local private industry to see if they can provide a meeting space.
Two things to keep in mind about leadership:
Often, when one person is ready to hand on the torch, it is helpful to have a co-leader working with the leader for 3-6 months to learn the ropes. This assures group continuity, assures the person leaving office that their efforts will be continued and gives the new leader a sense of confidence in his role.
Here are a few suggestions:
• invite local media to do a story about this new group in the community.
• have a sale of member-made crafts or a BBQ in the parking lot of the local hardware store (with permission of course) and have brochures to share with customers.
• make friends with your municipal council and offer to help with community projects.
• approach existing Community Leaders, Service groups and Organizations and local Health Care providers who can help spread the word
Incorporation makes your group a “legal entity” and can be a benefit when applying for grants. Or consider partnering with a Community Agency, Municipality, or a Health Care provider in your area when grants are wanted.
Since people increasingly look for resources online, a website is a good idea. Yet, starting sheds are small. Many will have no web expertise within their membership.
MSO can provide your starting shed with a simple website at no cost (connected to the MSO website). No need for technical know how, just provide your local information, maybe a photo or two, a paragraph or two, then our Mens Sheds Ontario webmaster will create and host a web page for you.
We believe that together we are stronger:
In Canada, the kinds of government agencies that might help us are typically organized provincially, so we need a provincial voice to work with them. But membership is voluntary. We have to earn your mandate. To that end, here are our founding principals:
• Men's Sheds Ontario (MSO) specifically state that we will have no control over or responsibility for a local Shed. Your Shed is totally under your control.
• We are here to assist you and your Men’s Shed as you organize and grow.
• Being linked with the Provincial and National Men's Shed organization does, however, have advantages, not the least of which is the sharing of ideas, support, experience and the providing of a website.
• For more details see: Why a Provincial Association?
One of the foundational aspects of Men's Sheds is to promote "the health and well-being" of men. Some health concerns, especially things that develop with age, are best shared with others of the same sex.
In Australia and Ireland, women, who find the Men's Shed philosophy helpful, have established Women's Sheds (not yet in Canada). Here women too, can share concerns about the unique health concerns women face.
This is an important topic for many, so we invite you to watch the following Documentary where TV personality Bettina Arndt explores the premise that Men's Shed should remain Men Only, but with activities and training open to all members of society.