Easter Closure

Hi All

The shed will be closed over the Easter break, normal sessions will resume on Friday 9th April:

Friday 9th April – 9am to 1pm

Saturday 10th April – 10am to 4pm

Best wishes for the break and if travelling please drive safely.

The VoSS Thursday classes will continue as usual.

Regards

Bob

Bob Small

President

Men’s Shed Re-Opening

Following the announcement by the Victorian Government that restrictions will be lifted at 11.59pm tonight we have received notification from the Victorian Men’s Shed Association that we are permitted to re-open our sheds.

Therefore, the Dorcas Street shed will re-open at 9am on Friday 19/02/21 and regular scheduled Friday and Saturday sessions will continue.

Members are reminded of the conditions of entry that apply:

COVID 19 – Shed Access

Members and visitors are not permitted to enter the Sheds (including Port Melbourne) if they:

  • Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever),
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious),
  • Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe any government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

On entry to the Shed members and visitors must:

  • Wear a fitted face mask at all times while indoors
  • Sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provide,
  • Have their temperature checked by one of the on-duty supervisors,
  • Check in using the QR code provided, manual check in is available for anyone without a smart phone – we are using the Victorian Government QR system,
  • Where practicable, practice physical distancing at all times,
  • Await allocation of a designed workstation,
  • Follow any other health and safety directions given by the supervisors on duty.

Hopefully, we will be able to continue in 2021 without any further interruptions.

Please remember to stay safe, follow the rules and respect your fellow shed member.

Re-Opening 2021 Update

Opening Sessions

The re-opening for 2021 has changed slightly, we will now re-open at 10am on Saturday 30 January, with scheduled sessions for 2021 being:

Fridays

9am to 1pm

Saturdays

10am to 4.00pm

Cleanup Thanks

Thanks to the following members who gave their time during the break to assist with the shed clean up and maintenance:

Barry Bevan, Tony Donohue, Peter Wood, Justin Gates, Roger Joyce, Peter Greenacre, John Stirling, Tim Smith, Ian Cessford, David Radtke, Peter King, Tony Mitchell, Michael Zeeng, Coral-lee Keep, Jason Curran, Chris Kennard, Dermot Avon

Special mention and thanks to Rod Hall who put together the work schedule and organised the volunteer members. It is important for the health and safety of all members that the shed be kept in a clean and tidy state at all times.

You can assist by ensuring you:

  • Returning all tools to their correct storage position after you have finished using them.
  • Sweeping up any dust, off cuts etc as you are working.
  • Using scrap timber under your material if you are drilling on a work bench.
  • Using cover sheets if you are painting – on the work benches, floors or external paving.
  • Keeping your workstation area clean.
  • Storing any personal items, work in progress in the designated storage area.
  • Wiping down your workstation with the disinfectant provided after you have finished.
  • Helping to clean the floors, equipment, machines etc at the end of each session.

Storage

Due to restricted space, we do not have unlimited storage available for members personal items. During the break the external storage area behind the shed was extended, additional shelving was installed, and the area has been weather proofed. Thanks to:

  • Rod Hall and Tim Smith who fabricated the new steel shelving at our Port Melbourne Shed and installed on site.
  • Jason Curran who built and installed the end wall and doorway.

This is the only space available for members to store personal items and items should be clearly labelled and dated.

Internal storage is not available in the workshop or front meeting room. These areas need to be kept free of any incumbrance as we will be conducting activities with other community groups during the year.

Pergola

Unfortunately, we have encountered an unforeseen delay with the construction of the new pergola and as a temporary measure we will be using a non-permanent gazebo which will provide space for our three portable work benches (six workstations). If you are working in this area, please be aware of any possible noise issues for our neighbours who are located close by. If you feel there will be an issue with noise (routers, saws etc) please ask a supervisor if you can be re-located inside the shed.

Projects

We have a backlog of community projects to be completed, so if you are interested in helping out with these please email your details to Rod ( rodhall690@gmail.com ) who will arrange to put you in contact with a project leader.

COVID 19 – Shed Access

Members and visitors are not permitted to enter the Shed (including Port Melbourne) if they:

  • Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever),
  • Have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious),
  • Are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19,
  • Have returned from international or interstate (where relevant) travel and failed to observe any government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

On entry to the Shed members and visitors must:

  • Sanitise their hands using the sanitiser provide,
  • Check in using the QR code provided, manual check in is available for anyone without a smart phone – we are using the Victorian Government QR system,
  • Wearing of face masks is optional,
  • Where practicable, practice physical distancing at all times,
  • Await allocation of a designed workstation,
  • Follow any other health and safety directions given by the supervisors on duty.

Supervisors

We are still looking for members to assist with supervisory duties at our sessions, if you are interested please have a chat with either Rod (0409 055 885) or Bob (0417 067 319) who are happy to explain the requirements of these roles.

Once again, please remain alert to the health and safety requirements in the shed so all members can enjoy a safe and accident free 2021.

Please free to contact me or any other Committee Members should you have any questions

Regards

Bob

Bob Small

President

Port Phillip Men’s Shed

December / January Close / Open

Clean Up Day

Saturday 19 December 9am to 1pm

Saturday 19 December will be the last day we open for 2020 and is dedicated to cleaning up the shed and storage areas. As advised earlier any personal items or materials still stored in the workshop or meeting room will either be relocated to the expanded storage area (if correctly labelled and dated) or will be disposed of. Please ensure you have labelled any items you wish to keep.

We need members to assist with the cleaning and tidying up of all areas.

We will not be having our usual sit-down BBQ this year but will be providing a BBQ brunch for members, family and friends from 11am to 1pm.

Re-Open

Saturday 16 January 2021 10am

The shed will re-open for 2021 on the above time and day. During the break there will be some changes made to the layout of the machinery and equipment in the shed and members will need to familiarise themselves with these changes.

Regular Friday sessions (9am to 1pm) and Saturday session (10am to 4pm) will recommence and are open to all members (women and men). Shed closures due to public holidays etc will be advised as they are about to occur.

Projects

Project Assistance

We currently have several interesting projects on our list and need volunteers to work on.

Excellent Workmanship From The Shed

We recently had an enquiry from a Port Melbourne resident regarding making a custom designed  cabinet to complement their existing furniture.

The detail and finish required a level of skill and expertise much finer than our usual projects and Tim Smith put his hand up to take on the challenge. After a “meeting of the minds” with Peter Greenacre the two of them decided on the best way to produce the required result – the cabinet had a  20 degree angle on the front edging.

The finished article was excellent and the resident was extremely happy with the result:

“Thank you Bob and Tim for organising and building of our bespoked cabinet. It is just as we imagined and perfectly crafted.

Thanks again

John & Elaine Folino“

In appreciation John made a $100 donation to the Shed.

Great craftsmanship and an excellent result Tim (“with a little help from his friends”).

Skills and Training for older workers

Message from Kathleen Wesley at Verto:

My name is Kathleen and I am working alongside the federal government and I work from Verto Employment.

We’re working on a new federal Government program providing discounted training for mature age workers.

VertoVerto is a not for profit organisation backed by the federal Government offering discounted training and free employment support for mature aged adults.

We also do career support and redundancy support.

I would love to get some exposure about the financial support that is available for individuals.

I just thought I would flag this with you as you may know of any mature aged (45-70) need support in regards to employment support options in areas of Port Phillip.

https://www.verto.org.au/what-we-do/skills-checkpoint?fbclid=IwAR1Z2Ygz4-qdKR_sLCqTjyfJ93Q9-keTqjfxfwITi0p_-t25cFgtY0eczR0

Here is some extra info about the Skills and Training Incentive:

Government website: https://www.jobs.gov.au/skills-and-training-incentive

On the news recently: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2081430801952050

Many thanks for helping this small but mighty not for profit organisation.


So if this is something that interests you, get in touch with Kathleen on 0455 936 252 or KWesley@verto.org.au

It’s Not Only A Men’s Shed

Having been established for more than six years and with over 80 members the Port Phillip Men’s Shed (PPMSA) expanded its activities in 2018 to allow for the inclusion of women members. Women who are keen to become involved in wood working, metal working, gardening or general hobbies may now join the PPMSA as Associate Members.

Valda working on her picture frames

Valda working on her picture frames

Membership is easy, simply fill out a membership application form and pay the required membership fee. You may then attend our mixed workshop sessions currently held on Fridays from 9am to 1pm. Additional mixed sessions may become available in 2019. Various training workshops will also be held in 2019; picture framing, lead lighting, welding etc.

New members are required to complete a simple safety induction prior to undertaking any workshop activities and technical support and assistance is available. Current women members have completed a range of exciting activities in 2018; building a set of bunks, picture framing, chopping boards, etc.

Mixed group in five week course 2018

Mixed group in five week course 2018

If you are interested in joining please feel free to contact any of the following:

President: Bob Small 0417 067 319
Secretary: Tony Donohue 0412 105 464
Workshop Mgr Rod Hall 0409 055 885
Treasurer: Justin Gates 0432 427 029
Membership: Stephen Ingrouille 0432 390 018

Or simply drop into one of our Friday mixed sessions at our Shed located at Southport Uniting Church, 319 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne and ask to speak with the supervisor on duty. Sessions recommence on Friday 1 February 2019.

Community Group Completes Course at Men’s Shed

Voices of the South Side (VoSS) collaborated with the Port Phillip Men’s Shed to run a five week introduction to woodwork course with men and women from the VoSS program.

Mixed group in five week course 2018

Mixed group in five week course 2018

Twelve people including the two VoSS facilitators signed up as Men’s Shed members with past woodwork experience varying greatly amongst the group. Nine people from VoSS attended regularly with several participants opting to attend the Men’s Shed on general operating days rather than as a part of a course.

The aim of the course was to link VoSS participants to the Men’s Shed to reignite past interest in woodwork, teach people new skills and provide a new pathway into community participation that could be pursued independently. Completed projects included picture frames, a stand for a statue, a coffee table, wooden box for a saxophone mouthpiece and four people making chopping boards.

Feedback received at the completion of the course was very favourable.
Participants were highly satisfied with their experience of the course and their expectations were more than met. A couple had overestimated their skills and thought that they might be bored but the course allowed people who were more advanced to pursue their own projects with enough supervisors on board to facilitate this.
Group members felt very supported by the supervisors and felt that they were patient and flexible.

Due to the success of this pilot program we are considering further programs in 2019 and if we decide to proceed we will be looking for members to assist. The most likely session times will be Mondays 1pm to 3pm

Further information will be provided in February.

Regards
Bob Small
President
Port Phillip Men’s Shed

Men’s Shed trailer now available

Need to move a stack of easels, pick up that new couch, or take a load of garden cuttings to the transfer station? After some great work by Rod, Justin, Rick, Bob and others, the Port Phillip Men’s Shed trailer is now operational.

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The trailer is a 6×4 box trailer, with fixed bars at the front (as you see in the photo). The electrics / lights have been replaced, and it is better than new.

The trailer light plug has been ingeniously designed to plug into either a round or flat connector on the car.

A pouch is used at the back, into which you can slot the number plate of your car (print one on your printer, or do one by hand).

To use the trailer, get in touch with:

  • Justin Gates 0432 427 029
  • Bob Small 0417 067 319