Men's Shed Program
Melton & Taylors Hill Men's Sheds
History: The Community Engagement Project with the Men's Shed began in 2013 aimed at working with grade five and six boys who have been identified by their primary school as at risk of being disengaged from their schooling. In 2015 a new Men's Shed was established at Taylors Hill under the auspice of the Melton Men's shed and became part of the community project program.
Grade five and six boys from locally selected primary schools in the Melton city council area attend the Melton & Taylors Hill Men's Shed to be mentored by the "Sheddies" in designing and making a toolbox which each student retains. In 2016 the program operated one afternoon per week at each site over a 6 week period for each school.
The BMLLEN supported the program through establishing the partnership and providing seeding funding to support the teacher release required in accompanying the boys to the program each week. The Men's Shed provides the materials and expertise to work with the boys in making their toolbox at no cost. At the conclusion of each program the students are presented with their completed toolbox and Certificate of Achievement at a celebratory BBQ lunch held by the Sheddies.
In 2013, the schools involved were Coburn Primary School, Rockbank Primary School and Exford Primary School. In 2014, Brookside P-9 College and Kororoit Creek Primary School were involved in the program. The 2015 participants were Creekside P-9 College, Melton West Primary School at the Melton Men's shed and Taylor Hill PS was the inaugural school at the Taylors Hill Men's shed site.
2018 Update: The Melton & Taylors Hill Men's Shed community project operated again in 2018. Since the inception of the program, thirty three groups of grade 5 & 6 primary school boys have participated in the program. This year the students from Toolern Vale District Primary School and Kurunjang Primary School attended the Melton Men's Shed. The commitment and time given by the "sheddies" at both locations is widely appreciated and we look forward to continuing working with the Men's Shed into the future.