Vision

  • To address the issues of men's health (physical, emotional and social well-being) in the community.
  • To engage the elderly, differently-abled, youth, veterans, indigenous and other groups of men of the Ballarat and surrounding communities and to specifically address any issues of isolation, loneliness and depression.
  • To support the social interaction of men in transitional periods (e.g. Redundancy, Bereavement, Retirement, Ill Health, Relocation, Respite Care).
  • To share, disseminate and preserve the skills, abilities and interests that are relevant to the community.

 

Mission

  • To facilitate links between men and health-related agencies, family organisations and specialist health professionals within the community.
  • To work with Government agencies to assist ex prisoners returning to the community.
  • To advocate the benefits of partnerships between men's sheds and community.
  • To develop a men's shed, which can operate on a cost neutral basis, that is, its ongoing costs can be met or exceeded by its revenue.
  • To initiate and continue activities of particular relevance to men.
  • To provide strong social fabric for men experiencing isolation.

 

In Pursuing our Vision, B.E.C.S. Commits to the Following Values

  • Compassion and empathy in serving men in our community.
  • Sincerity and devotion to improving men's health.
  • Honesty and integrity in all our activities.
  • To be open to all races, religions and socioeconomic groups.
  • Reliability and trustworthiness in delivering on our promises.
  • Responsiveness to the needs of men, their families and their community.
  • Wisdom in applying technology and innovation to the improvement of our shed.
  • Respect for the value added by teamwork and participation to life-long learning.
  • Appreciation of the value of contributions by partners and sponsors.
  • Responsibility and generosity in giving back to the community.

 

B.E.C.S. Will provide a venue

  • Where men of all ages can meet in a social non-threatening environment to share experiences and work together.
  • A place where young men can learn from the experience and wisdom of older men in our community.
  • Where men will gain support in times of personal difficulty brought on by unemployment, idleness, loneliness, trauma and/or depression.
  • A place of activity and purpose.
  • A place of positive attitudes and caring.
  • A daytime meeting place for men - an alternative to the pubs.
  • A place of belonging leading to a reduction in social isolation to better address men's health issues.  Improving lifestyles leading to improved quality of life.

 

B.E.C.S. Will offer its members opportunities of

  • Improving self-esteem with youth, unemployed, disabled and older men.
  • Developing self-worth through personal effort and community contribution.
  • Participate in community service.
  • Intergenerational mentoring.
  • Support for youth and their aspirations and motivation.
  • Helping men with their businesses, or to start a new business.
  • Promoting of a good work ethic.
  • Respect for older people and their knowledge.
  • Recognising, regenerating and celebrating craftsmanship.
  • Sharing knowledge and skills.
  • Assistance to pass on knowledge and experience.
  • Teaching and skills development.
  • Realising their potential.
  • Developing their hobbies and other interests.
  • Simply someone to talk to.

 

B.E.C.S. Will Benefit Our Community by

  • Supporting projects that might be marginal, or outside your normal scope of other community groups, or businesses, or that lack practical skills.
  • Offering linkages with Medical, Social and Justice departments.
  • Providing families (wives and children) a place of support for their men in times of need.
  • Offering training and education opportunities for men in areas of Men's Health provided by trained professional volenteers.
  • Assisting men with issues of substance abuse or behavioural problems.
  • Earlier identification of health problems with men such as loneliness, isolation and depression.
  • Increasing economic activity.
  • Improving the productivity of older people.
  • Address youth unemployment problems.
  • Acting as incubator for start up businesses.
  • Assisting the retention and development of community skills.
  • Be seen to be doing something special for older citizens, youth and the disabled in our community.

The Men's Shed Concept at Work in a Community will be demonstrated as

  • Men becoming interested in other men's interests.
  • A renewed spirit of cooperation amongst the people involved.
  • A shared vision to become involved in the community.
  • Similar values in a common culture.
  • Caring and sharing with greater results being achieved.
  • Another means of identifying community opportunities.
  • Significant improvement in men's health and well being.