Joining a community group can be a great way to learn new skills as well as making friends! In this week’s Community Programs blog, we find out how Bassendean Men’s Shed helped Daniel find a new love of carpentry…
Image: Daniel shows off his hard work alongside members of the Men’s Shed.
The saying ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ may be true for some, but it’s definitely not true of Daniel! Through the course of his support, Daniel has consistently exceeded expectations. When I first started working with Daniel, it his goal to join Bassendean Community Men’s Shed. It was a long wait before Dan could join, but he is now a proud member, attending every Wednesday. Although the Men’s Shed is predominantly woodwork based, Dan (being a good welder) was quick at getting a grasp of what it involved.
Within weeks of joining, Dan decided to work on a project of building a coffee table. The process began with a plan which we drew. Dan was at the fore of every step of the process, from inception till the very end. He never once minded getting his hands dirty as he sanded the woods, cut the woods into specified bits, and used the drill (both electric and manual).
Dan puts his new drilling skills to the test
With the support of one of the members of the shed, Dan coupled the table together, did the coating and also the painting.
Throughout this process, Dan built not only his skill in regards to woodwork, but also developed a good relationship with members of the shed. Being a Men’s Shed, Dan enjoyed the company as it offered him the opportunity to learn and interact with similar minds. Dan currently is working with new members and helping them with their projects.
Dan shows off his completed coffee table
Are you looking to learn a new skill or trade? How about the chance to make friends and explore a new hobby? Whatever your goal, Workpower’s Community Programs team is here to help! Contact us today on 1800 610 665 or email to find out what we can do for you!