Men’s Shed pit stop for health and well-being

Workshop visit: Neville Young, Mike Paul, Simon McLernon and John Middleton in the Esperance Men's Shed with Mr Paul's buggie that he had traveled around Australia with. Picture: Caitlyn Rintoul

Workshop visit: Neville Young, Mike Paul, Simon McLernon and John Middleton in the Esperance Men's Shed with Mr Paul's buggie that he had traveled around Australia with. Picture: Caitlyn Rintoul

Fremantle Men’s Shed former secretary Mike Paul visited the Esperance men's Shed this week as a pit stop on his 15,000 kilometre journey around Australia. 

Mr Paul’s Fremantle to Fremantle journey commenced more than a year ago and was expected to take 18 months.

The 75-year-old had aimed to raise money and awareness for men’s health and well-being within Australia.

Mr Paul intended to connect with as many Men’s Sheds as possible. 

“Every chance I get to stop in at a shed I do, they’re all different but they all have that same ethos for helping the community,” he said. 

“The shed’s help each other and it benefit men’s well-being.

“Part of the problem for men is that they’re often isolated and they lose sense of worth. 

“The shed provides a chance to use their skills, it’s a great opportunity for all.” 

The Fremantle Men’s Community Shed runs a ‘recovery from mental illness’ initiative in partnership with the Fremantle Hospital’s Alma Street Clinic and Community support agencies.

“In Fremantle we have an initiative where we host 10 patients from the mental wing of the Fremantle hospital,” he said. 

“Those patients may suffer from things like depression. 

“They work in the shed with us for 10 weeks. 

“Some choose to stay on, which is good. 

During his trip Mr Paul had people join him for some of his walk.  

“Some sheds I’ve visited have even started walking groups,” he said. 

For more information about Mr Paul’s walk visit www.freomenshed.org.au or his blog ozsoulwalk.com.au 

Esperance Men's Shed member John Middleton

Esperance Men's Shed member John Middleton

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