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Older men’s participation in community-based men’s sheds programmes


Dr Mandy Stanley School of Health Sciences University of South Australia City East Campus GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia


The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the lived experience of older men taking part in community-based shed programmes. Five men, aged 65 and over, who attended two different community sheds participated in semi-structured in-depth interviews in 2007. Data were analysed thematically with six main themes emerging as follows: ‘company of fellas’; ‘everybody’s got a story to tell’; ‘still got some kick’; ‘passing on your experiences’; ‘get on your goat’ and; ‘nobody’s boss’. Participation in community-based men’s sheds positively influences the health and well-being of older Australian men through provision of a ‘men’s space’ in which meaningful activities occur. Provision of community-based men’s shed programmes as among a range of activity options in the community may contribute positively to the physical, mental, social and occupational health of older men.